He did not repeat his call for the lifting of US sanctions against Li Shangfu, the general and current defense minister. But Mao Ning demanded that the United States correct its mistakes and create a “necessary atmosphere” for the meeting.
The US has requested a meeting between Lloyd Austin and General Li Shangfu on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Defense Dialogue in Singapore from Friday to Sunday. However, the Chinese side refused to meet, a Pentagon spokesman said.
One of the recent incidents between the two states:
In 2018, the United States imposed sanctions on the People’s Liberation Army’s Arms Development Department and its then-head Li Shangfu for arms deals with Russia, banning financial transactions and business ties with the United States.
The U.S. government did not see this as a problem when Austin met with Li Shangfu, China’s new defense minister, in March.
While relations with the US remain on hold, China-Russia cooperation is growing closer:
China’s Defense Minister Li has visited Moscow. Li and Russian President Putin praised the military cooperation between the two countries, which will be further deepened.
04/17/2023 | 00:20 min
At the annual Security Dialogue in Singapore, hundreds of ministers, military and experts from around the world discuss current threats. The organizer is the independent International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).
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