US slams China’s ‘destabilizing’ military activity near Taiwan
15 June 2022 | 7:48 am
The US Defense Secretary said Chinese military activity around the self-governing island threatened to change the status quo. Lloyd Austin said Washington would continue to stand by Taiwan at an event in Singapore.
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