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China, U.S. defense chiefs discuss 'managing' rivalry in Singapore

Two sides reiterate Taiwan stances as closely watched Shangri-La Dialogue opens

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, left, and Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe hold talks in Singapore on June 10. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Defense)

SINGAPORE -- U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe held their first face-to-face meeting in Singapore on Friday, as the region's biggest security summit kicked off.

According to a Pentagon readout of the meeting, Austin spoke to Wei about the need to "responsibly manage competition and maintain open lines of communication." Their meeting was scheduled to last for 30 minutes but went on for almost twice as long.

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