Wei Fenghe, China’s defense minister, said on Sunday that it was up to the US to restore the bilateral relationship, which he claimed was at a critical point.
He called on the US to “strengthen unity and reject hostility and division” at an Asian security summit, repeating that China simply desired peace and stability and was not an aggressor.
China has rejected “smearing, accusations and even threats” in the U.S. defense secretary’s Shangri-La Dialogue speech, Wei Yongping has said.
The United States would stand by its allies, including Taiwan, he said at a security meeting in China.
China’s Deputy Prime Minister Wei Yongping says the Chinese government seeks “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan but reserves “other options”.
South Korea vows to enhance its defense capabilities to counter North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat.
Fiji’s defense minister says more pressing threats are being ignored at Shangri-La Dialogue.