Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe issued a warning about foreign interference on Taiwan while criticizing the U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy as fueling regional tensions and divisions in the region.

Speaking during the regional Shangri-La Dialogue security conference in Singapore on Sunday, Gen. Wei, who is also a Chinese state councilor, reiterated Beijing’s opposition to what he described as U.S. “meddling” in regional affairs and urged Washington not to let competition define Sino-U.S. ties, saying this would be a “strategic mistake.”

Wei also spoke about the invasion of Ukraine, offering Beijing’s role as a mediator while condemning the sanctions and “maximum pressure” policies being implemented against Russia.