China defence chief says Beijing ready to ‘forcefully’ stop Taiwan independence

Breitbart.com reports: “Chinese Defence Minister Dong Jun warned Sunday his military is ready to ‘forcefully’ stop Taiwan independence but called for greater exchanges with the United States.

The remarks at an annual security forum in Singapore followed the first substantive face-to-face talks in 18 months between the two countries’ defence chiefs.

‘We have always been open to exchanges and cooperation, but this requires both sides to meet each other halfway,’ Dong told the Shangri-La Dialogue where he met with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Friday.

‘We believe that we need more exchanges precisely because there are differences between our two militaries.’…”

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