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Shanahan to meet Chinese counterpart in Singapore: U.S. official

Shanahan to meet Chinese counterpart in Singapore: U.S. official
FILE PHOTO: Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan speaking to members of the media aboard a military plane prior to his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo   -   Copyright  POOL New(Reuters)
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will meet China’s defense minister on the sidelines of an Asia defense forum in Singapore, a senior U.S. defense official said on Friday, at a time of strained tensions between Beijing and Washington over trade and security.

“We’re doing a pull aside with the Chinese counterpart at Shangri-La,” said the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe will deliver a speech on June 2 at the Shangri-La Dialogue, the first time since 2011 that a Chinese defense minister will be at the forum, having in recent years sent lower level officials.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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