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China, Australia Defense Chiefs Break Ice With Talks

  • Marles says talks with counterpart ‘very frank and full’
  • Meeting of defense chiefs first in more than two years
A People's Liberation Army Air Force J-10D fighter jet. 

A People's Liberation Army Air Force J-10D fighter jet. 

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Australia Defense Minister Richard Marles said he had a “very frank and full exchange” with his Chinese counterpart on Sunday, marking the highest-level meeting between the countries in more than two years amid a flare-up in tensions. 

Marles said he discussed issues including the interception of an Australian aircraft by a Chinese jet last month with Defense Minister Wei Fenghe. Both were in Singapore for the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue.