U.S. and China Poised to Restart Military Communications After Summit

According to anonymous sources, the United States and the People’s Republic of China are on the verge of announcing the resumption of military-to-military communications, as reported by Axios on Wednesday. The revelation is expected to follow a meeting between President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

China suspended military communications in 2022 in response to a visit by then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, China’s main rival. The move included the cancellation of channels such as the annual Defense Policy Coordination Talks and the Maritime Military Communications Agreement, which had been in effect since 1998.

While visiting Washington, D.C. last week, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi indicated that Beijing was open to restoring these channels, providing an initial signal of a potential thaw. Multiple sources have confirmed this development.

“The Chinese are signaling that they will resume military-to-military communications, which is significant. It’s a key priority for the Pentagon,” commented Bonnie Glaser of the German Marshall Fund, a foreign policy think tank. However, Glaser added that it remains to be seen whether China is willing to take substantive steps to reduce the risk of accidents or engage in discussions on preserving strategic stability.

The reported announcement is expected to coincide with the APEC summit scheduled to take place in San Francisco from Nov. 15-17. This summit serves as a platform for 21 Pacific Rim countries to promote free trade in the region.

The news follows a meeting on Nov. 3 in Beijing, where Chinese and U.S. officials discussed various topics, including maritime security, incidents in the South China Sea, the economy, and environmental concerns.

Richard Shaw
Richard Shaw
Richard Shaw is a seasoned conservative news journalist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Richard is known for his insightful reporting on national and international affairs, as well as his in-depth analysis of political and cultural issues.

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