U.S. and Chinese defense ministers expected to meet in Singapore this week

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is expected to meet with Chinese Defense Minister Dong Jun at a major defense conference in Singapore, the Pentagon announced.

The Pentagon announced that U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is expected to meet with his Chinese counterpart Dong Jun at a major defense conference in Singapore.
Austin and Chinese Defense Minister Dong are expected to meet in Singapore on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual gathering of defense ministers and government officials from more than 50 countries taking place this year from May 29 to June 3.
The meeting comes as China conducts aggressive military exercises around Taiwan.
It will be the first meeting between the two defense leaders since their phone call in April and comes amid ongoing efforts by the United States and China to ease relations.
Relations have been frozen since former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan in 2022 and led China to temporarily halt most military communications.
Austin underwent a medical procedure at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the evening of the 24th and temporarily handed over authority to his deputy.
Austin is dealing with bladder issues that arose after treatment for prostate cancer in December.
The Pentagon said late Friday that the surgery was successful and that Austin had returned to duty and returned home.
A U.S. defense official said the drills followed the U.S. warning China not to use Taiwan\’s political transition as an excuse for provocation or coercive measures.
Austin last met with a Chinese defense minister in November 2022 when he and then-Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe were in Cambodia for a regional defense ministers meeting.
China\’s Ministry of National Defense said Defense Minister Dong Jun will be invited to attend the 21st Shangri-La Dialogue and visit Singapore.
Dong Jun will deliver a speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue focusing on \”China\’s global security concept\” and meet with heads of delegations from relevant countries.

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