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Shangri-La Dialogue: China's belligerent address is detached from reality

2nd June 2019 - 17:18 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Singapore

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While the speech by US Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan at the Shangri-La Dialogue yesterday was mild mannered, the same was not true of the Chinese Minister of National Defence Gen Wei Fenghe. His audience was left in no doubt of China’s intentions by his bellicose comments.

For example, Wei emphatically underscored in Mandarin: ‘China must and will be reunified. We find no excuse not to do so. If anyone dares to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese military has no choice but to fight at all costs for national unity.’

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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