Salem Radio Network News Sunday, October 1, 2023

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U.S., China defense chiefs shake hands in Singapore, but no “substantive exchange”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin shook hands with China’s Minister of National Defense Li Shangfu on the sidelines of a security summit in Singapore but the two did not have a “substantive exchange,” the Pentagon said on Friday.

In a statement, the Pentagon said the two spoke only briefly.

“The Department believes in maintaining open lines of military-to-military communication with the PRC — and will continue to seek meaningful military-to-military discussions at multiple levels to responsibly manage the relationship,” Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Pat Ryder said.

China earlier declined a formal meeting with Austin during the Shangri-La security summit taking place over the next few days.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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