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US-China tensions

China's Wei slams U.S. 'smears,' Taiwan independence 'delusion'

Defense chief tells Shangri-La crowd that Biden's Indo-Pacific strategy creates conflict

China's Defense Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe speaks at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 12.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on Sunday hit out at the U.S. for its Indo-Pacific strategy and perceived "threats against China," while saying the notion of Taiwan independence is a "delusion," in pointed remarks at Singapore's Shangri-La Dialogue.

In a speech that lasted over 30 minutes, Wei slammed Washington for making "smearing accusations" against Beijing. Dressed in his People's Liberation Army uniform with three stars on each shoulder, he said the U.S. must stop trying to contain China and should avoid interfering in its internal affairs.

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