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U.S.-China Military Tensions Rise Ahead of Asia Security Forum

  • Old disputes flare up before annual Shangri-La conference
  • China declines to send top officer to event attended by Mattis
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Tensions are rising between the U.S. and China ahead of Asia’s biggest security conference this week, even as the two powers push for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Defense Secretary James Mattis said while en route to the annual IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore that he was planning to raise U.S. concerns about China’s recent moves to “militarize” the South China Sea. Meanwhile, China warned the U.S. on Wednesday against expanding defense ties with the democratically run island of Taiwan, which Beijing views as a province.