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Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, left, shakes hands with Chinese Minister of National Defense Gen. Wei Fenghe, right, during a ministerial luncheon June 1, 2019, on the sidelines of the 18th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore. (Yong Teck Lim/AP, File)

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The meeting between acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and his Chinese counterpart began with all the hallmarks of a routine staged and scripted session between two uneasy rivals.

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press June 11, 2019