Acting US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan vowed to quit "tiptoeing" over Beijing in the South China Sea after the Pentagon repeatedly sent warships and B-52 bombers near Chinese borders. "We're not going to ignore Chinese behavior and I think in the past people have kind of tiptoed around that," Patrick Shanahan told the audience at an event in Singapore on Saturday. It happened a day after he held talks with his Chinese counterpart, General Wei Fenghe, and came out of the meeting accusing Beijing of trying to "destabilize" the region. The Pentagon chief blasted Chinese military sites on the disputed reefs and islets in the South China Sea as a "toolkit of coercion" and "overkill," promising that Washington will not ignore the increasing Chinese presence there.
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