The United States seeks to resume military dialogue with Beijing | ET REALITY


TOKYO – President Biden’s top military adviser told China that the United States is open to resuming military-to-military communication that Beijing suspended last year to protest then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan .

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. told reporters on Friday that restoring military dialogue between two of the world’s most powerful militaries was a goal of the Biden administration, and that he had sent a letter to his Chinese counterpart, General Liu Zhenli, β€œto tell him that I would like to do that.”

“We’ll see how it plays out,” General Brown said. “I have hopes”.

The letter comes ahead of a likely meeting between President Biden and China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit next week. US officials hope the two leaders will announce the resumption of military dialogue there.

General Brown, who is traveling to the region this week, said reopening the communications channel was important to avoid misunderstandings that could lead to crises. “For me, just ensuring that there are no miscalculations in that dialogue is enormously important,” he said during a briefing with reporters.

A Pentagon report last month said China was continuing to build up its strategic nuclear arsenal and had most likely amassed 500 nuclear warheads as of May, an increase of about 100 from last year’s estimate.

The report accused China’s military of taking increasingly dangerous actions to deter US forces in the Asia-Pacific region, including what the US Indo-Pacific Command called “coercive and risky” maneuvers in the skies over the South China Sea aimed at intimidating US military aircraft. .

The Chinese military is in the midst of a political shakeup: Defense Minister General Li Shangfu was dismissed last month in the latest purge in Beijing’s national security ranks. There has been speculation among military analysts that General Brown’s counterpart, General Liu, could become the country’s next defense minister.

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