File Photo: On April 14, 2021, the flags of China and the United States flutter in front of the company building in Shanghai, China. REUTERS / Aly Song // File Photo
August 28, 2021
From Idrees Ali
Washington (Reuters) – A senior US Defense Department official met with Chinese troops for the first time since President Joe Biden took office in January, focusing on risk management between the two countries, US officials said Friday. I told Reuters.
The US has placed its opposition to China at the center of its national security policy for years, and the Biden administration describes the competition with Beijing as the greatest geopolitical test of the century.
Relations between China and the United States are growing strained, and the world’s two largest economies argue over everything from human rights abuses in Taiwan and China to military operations in the South China Sea.
Despite tensions and intense rhetoric, US military officials have long sought open communication with Chinese emergency services in order to mitigate possible relapses and deal with accidents.
Last week, China’s Deputy Defense Minister Michael Chase spoke to Maj. Gen. Huang Xueping, deputy director of the PLA’s International Military Cooperation Bureau.
“[They]Held a secure videoconference today over the US PRC telephone line, ”a US official said on condition of anonymity.
Chase focused on “crisis and risk management,” officials added.
Officials said Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has not yet spoken to a Chinese aide. This was partly due to the debate over which Chinese officials were Austin’s responses.
Vice President Kamala Harris said Thursday that the United States welcomes the competition and does not seek a dispute with Beijing, but would speak out on issues such as the maritime dispute in the South China Sea.
China, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan claim parts of the South China Sea where important routes intersect, including gas fields and abundant fishing grounds.
Biden has tightened sanctions against China on suspicion of human rights abuses in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and Hong Kong.
Unlike his predecessor, President Donald Trump, Biden has mobilized allies and partners to counter the White House‘s increasingly mandatory economic and foreign policy in China. I’ve asked a lot about it.
(Report by Idrees Ali, edited by Sandra Maler and Daniel Wallis)
Monopoly-The Pentagon will meet with Chinese troops for the first time under Biden, officials say
Monopoly – The Pentagon will meet with Chinese troops for the first time under Biden, officials say