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First Chat in a Year: High-ranking Military Leaders from US and China Finally Talk

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After a year-long hiatus, top military officials from the United States and China engaged in a virtual meeting, marking a significant step towards restoring military ties between the nations. The discussion, facilitated by US Air Force General Charles Q. Brown and China’s General Liu Zhenli, centered on global and regional security issues. This diplomatic development follows an agreement between Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping to resume military-to-military relations, severed by Beijing over US Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in August 2022.

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Resumption of Military Talks

In the first virtual meeting of its kind in over a year, General Brown and General Liu discussed critical matte

rs in a video teleconference. The rekindling of military-to-military ties aims to prevent misunderstandings and miscalculations, with Gen. Brown emphasizing the importance of substantive dialogue to manage competition responsibly.

While acknowledging the significance of the meeting, US officials caution that the path to functional dialogue may be lengthy. Analysts suggest that China prefers ambiguity in defense relations to counter perceived US military provocations.

The history of tensions between the two nations, from the South China Sea disputes to the downing of a Chinese spy balloon, adds complexity to the efforts of rebuilding relations.

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Key Issues and Future Outlook

During the meeting, discussions extended to contentious issues such as Taiwan, where China asserted its commitment to defending state sovereignty. General Liu urged the US to respect China’s territorial sovereignty and rights in the South China Sea, emphasizing the need for prudence in words and actions to preserve regional peace and stability.

General Liu, a potential replacement for China’s dismissed national defense minister, expressed the necessity for the US to develop a “correct understanding of China.” Despite past challenges and ongoing disputes, the diplomatic dialogue signals a tentative step toward managing the complex relationship between the two military powers.

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