‘Won’t flinch’: U.S returns fire after China threatened war over Taiwan

US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin stressed American support for Taiwan on Saturday, suggesting at Asia’s premier defence forum that recent Chinese military activity around the self-governing island threatens to change the status quo. Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Austin noted a “steady increase in provocative and destabilising military activity near Taiwan,” including almost daily military flights near the island by the People’s Republic of China. Taiwan and China split during a civil war in 1949, but China claims the island as its own territory and has not ruled out using military force to take it. Watch this video for more.