'Don’t underestimate us’: China snubs US as DefSec rallies Asian allies against ‘Chinese threat’

Beijing has warned the US not to underestimate its resolve to protect its sovereignty, just as the acting Pentagon chief effectively accused China of undermining regional stability and urged allies to boost their defense budgets.

Amid unprecedented tensions between US and China, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan held brief talks with Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on Friday in Singapore to discuss an array of security issues. The Chinese side used the opportunity to slam Washington’s repeated ‘freedom of navigation’ trips through the Taiwan Strait and urged the US to abide by the ‘one-China principle,’ which views the island nation as an integral part of the mainland.

“The Chinese side resolutely opposes the recent series of negative actions by the US on Taiwan issues,” Chinese defense ministry spokesman Senior Colonel Wu Qian said after the meeting.

The US side should not underestimate China’s determination and ability to safeguard its national sovereignty and territorial integrity. read more