US and Chinese Defense Ministers Meet in Singapore

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    The Facts

    • On Fri., US Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin met with his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Wei Fenghe at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore to discuss the issue of Taiwan - the self-ruled island that China claims as its sovereign territory.

    • During the meeting, Austin reiterated that the US is committed to its One China policy, which states that Washington recognizes the PRC as the sole legal government of Taiwan and acknowledges but doesn't endorse China's claim that Taiwan is within its borders.

    The Spin

    Anti-China narrative

    The US' traditional strategy of ambiguity with regard to Taipei must be reformed in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Washington must stand for freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in the Pacific.

    Pro-China narrative

    The US is playing political games. Washington claims commitment to its One-China policy but then helps arm Taiwan, which seriously undermines China's sovereignty and security interests in the region.

    Establishment split



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