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Pentagon Chief Says China Has Noted International Rebuke of Russia

  • Austin met Chinese counterpart on sidelines of ASEAN gathering
  • US sees China working to safeguard its supply chains, economy
Lloyd Austin
Lloyd AustinPhotographer: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said China has noted the international response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and could take steps to protect itself from a similar rebuke stemming from a more aggressive posture toward Taiwan. 

“You have to believe that they’re thinking along those lines, if they were considering doing something in the future,” Austin told reporters Wednesday shortly after he left Cambodia, where he attended a series of meetings with ASEAN defense chiefs.