Publish dateTuesday 6 June 2023 - 10:40
Story Code : 271283
A conflict between China and America will bring an intolerable disaster for the world
Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu has warned attendees at Asia’s top security summit that a confrontation between China and the United States would inflict the world with an “unbearable disaster.”
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA) - Monitoring: It is undeniable that a severe conflict or confrontation between China and the US will be an unbearable disaster for the world,” Li declared on Sunday while addressing the the Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore.

“China and the US have different systems, however, this should not keep the two sides from seeking common ground and common interests to grow bilateral ties and deepen cooperation,” he added, however, signaling Beijing's willingness to resume military talks with Washington under improved circumstances.

In his first international address since becoming China’s defense minister in March, Li further slammed what the US depicts as freedom-of-navigation patrols regularly conducted near Chinese waters by American and allied naval forces, describing the provocative maneuvers  as “a pretext to exercise hegemony of navigation” in efforts to “muddy the waters to rake in profits.”

His remarks came after US and Canadian warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Friday, in a rare joint mission in the sensitive waterway at a time of heightened tensions between Beijing and Washington over Chinese-claimed island territory of Taiwan.

In his speech, Li also reiterated Beijing’s position on Taiwan, describing the self-ruled island as the “core of our interests,” insisting that it would never hesitate to defend China’s “legitimate rights and interests.”

China’s defense minister also warned that Washington’s pursuance of “NATO-like” military alliances in the Asia-Pacific could undermine regional peace and stability and lead to severe conflict and confrontation.

Ties between Washington and Beijing remain strained over a range of issues, including US non-adherence to the internationally-confirmed “One China” principle, trade wars, territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas, and US President Joe Biden’s restrictions on semiconductor chip exports, among other issues.
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