The defense chiefs of China and the United States held face-to-face talks in Singapore on Friday, and both sides reiterated their positions on Taiwan, a major source of tension between the two powers.
Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe said the talks "went smoothly." A Chinese defense ministry spokesman later said Wei reiterated Beijing's firm stance on Taiwan.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin called on China to "refrain from further destabilizing actions" on Taiwan, a U.S. statement after the talks said.
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