China issues stinging rebuke of US at Beijing defense forum

China's defense minister is issuing a stinging rebuke of the United States in a speech at a defense forum in Beijing

BEIJING -- China's defense minister is issuing a stinging rebuke of the U.S. at a defense forum in Beijing, saying China wasn't fazed by sanctions, pressure and a "big stick policy."

Gen. Wei Fenghe did not refer directly to the U.S. in his opening remarks at the Xiangshan Forum. But he repeated phrases Beijing often says about Washington and its Western allies as part of what China considers an ongoing campaign to restrain its development.

Wei's comments Monday come amid tensions between China and the U.S. over a range of economic and security issues.