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US-China tensions

U.S. sanctions on China defense chief loom over chance for talks

Beijing seeks rollback; Washington says still open to dialogue

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, left, and Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu. (Source photos by Ryo Nakamura and Russian Defence Ministry via Reuters)

WASHINGTON -- American sanctions against Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu have emerged as a sticking point ahead of an opportunity for the two sides to resume defense dialogue amid simmering tensions.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is expected to attend the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore, scheduled to begin June 2. Li may also be present, as China usually sends its defense minister to the forum.

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