Taiwan is part of China, Beijing tells U.S

FILE PHOTO: Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe attends the IISS Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Taiwan is a part of China and no one can change that, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe said on Wednesday during a rare phone call with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, according to a statement from Beijing.

"If the Taiwan issue were not handled properly, it would have a damaging impact on Sino-U.S. relations," Wei added, according to statement published by the defence ministry.

(Reporting by Meg Shen and Twinnie Siu; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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