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Security concerns rise as US denounces China at Asian forum

Washington accuses Beijing of seeking to 'reorder' Indo-Pacific region

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe shake hands before the start of their meeting in Singapore on the sidelines of the Shangri-La dialogue.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- The U.S. pledged its full commitment to the Indo-Pacific region in a direct swipe at China at an annual Asian defense forum Saturday, sparking concerns that the escalating trade tensions between Washington and Beijing could spill over into the security arena.

Speaking at the Asia Security Summit in Singapore, known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan railed against China for "behavior that erodes other nations' sovereignty and sows distrust of China's intentions."

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