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US-China tensions

China bristles at U.S. demand not to aid Russian military

Pentagon chief Austin speaks with China's defense minister for 1st time

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe spoke with U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin for the first time on Wednesday.     © Kyodo

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Wednesday told China to refrain from providing military assistance to Russia, provoking a fierce pushback from Beijing.

Austin spoke with in Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe over the phone, the first talks between the two nations' defense chiefs since U.S. President Joe Biden took office.

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