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China and U.S. clash again on trade and Taiwan

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Published on June 3, 2019 - Duration: 01:36s

China and U.S. clash again on trade and Taiwan

The United States and China exchanged of acerbic comments over the weekend at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore as their ties come under increasing strain due to a bitter trade war, U.S. support for Taiwan and China’s muscular military posture in the South China Sea.

Chris Dignam has more.

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China and U.S. clash again on trade and Taiwan

The United States and China clashed again over the weekend on trade and security, accusing each other of destabilizing the region and potentially the world.

Speaking on Sunday at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, China’s Defense Minister Wei Fenghe warned the United States not to meddle in security disputes over Taiwan and the South China Sea, saying: “If anyone dares to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese military has no choice but to fight at all costs ... The U.S. is indivisible, and so is China.” Those comments come a day after acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said his piece at the summit, where he told the audience that the United States would no longer “tiptoe” around Chinese behavior in Asia.

(SOUND BITE) ACTING U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY PATRICK SHANAHAN, SAYING: “Perhaps the greatest long-term threat to the vital interests of states across this region comes from actors who seek to undermine, rather than uphold, the rules-based international order.” Ties between the two countries have come under increasing strain amid a bitter trade war and China’s military posture in the South China Sea.

But it's the Trump administration's growing support for self-ruled and democratic Taiwan that has particularly angered China, as well as U.S. Navy sailings through the Taiwan Strait that separates the island from the mainland.

General Wei said China would “fight to the end” if anyone tried to interfere in its relationship with Taiwan.

He however said both sides realized that any war between the two “would bring disaster to both countries and the world.”

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