China Warns ‘Severe Conflict’ With US Would Result in Global ‘Unbearable Disaster’

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Attending Asia’s top security summit – the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore – China’s Defense Minister Li Shangfu held bilateral meetings with several European counterparts and expressed some thoughts on the tense Sino-US relations.
Chinese Minister of National Defence, General Li Shangfu, has warned of the dangers of a severe conflict erupting between Beijing and Washington. Deploring how relations between the two countries have plummeted to a “record low,” Li told the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue defense summit in Singapore:

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“It is undeniable that a severe conflict or confrontation between China and the US would be an unbearable disaster for the world.”
According to the minister, appointed to the post back in March, China “believes that a big power should behave like one, instead of provoking bloc confrontation for self-interest.”
Li called on Washington to “take concrete action” with Beijing to find common ground and avert a scenario where ties might further deteriorate.
The minister then proceeded to accuse “some country” of foisting its “rules-based international order” on others.

“It practises exceptionalism and double standards and only serves the interests and follows the rules of a small number of countries,” he told those attending the defence conference, without specifically naming the US.

Li Shangfu underscored that China was, “strongly opposed to imposing one’s own will on others, placing one’s own interests above those of others and pursuing one’s own security at the expense of others.”
Li did not sit down for an official meeting with his US counterpart at the summit, with earlier reports indicating that Beijing warned there was “little chance of a meeting” between the two due to a spat over sanctions. Li had been slapped with the US restrictions over Chinese imports of Russian arms in 2018, when he was serving as a general, it was underscored.

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