The news comes as Beijing threatens U.S. allies in Asia and the Pacific.
In an apparent insult to President Joe Biden’s administration, China’s top military officials are refusing to talk to the new Pentagon chief despite repeated U.S. requests. “U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has so far been unable to speak with China’s top general despite multiple attempts to set up talks,” the Reuters news agency reported citing U.S. Defense Department officials.
Biden’s Defense Department approached the Chinese military top brass despite the U.S.-China bilateral summit ending in a disaster two months ago. At the ill-fated Alaska summit, where the Biden foreign policy team met with its Chinese counterparts for the first time, Beijing taunted the new U.S. administration for being weak. The U.S., with President Biden at the helm, does not “speak to China from a position of strength,” Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) foreign policy chief, Yang Jiechi boasted at the summit.
The Reuters reported Communist China’s treatment of Defense Secretary Austin :
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has so far been unable to speak with China’s top general despite multiple attempts to set up talks, U.S. defense officials said on Friday.
Relations between China and the United States have grown increasingly tense, with the world’s two largest economies clashing over everything from Taiwan and China’s human rights record to its military activity in the South China Sea.
Despite the tensions and heated rhetoric, U.S. military officials have long sought to have open lines of communication with their Chinese counterparts to be able to mitigate potential flare-ups or deal with any accidents.
“The military relationship is strained, no question about that. It’s hard to know how much this is reflective of that strain as much as it is just Chinese intransigence,” a U.S. defense official said.
“But we certainly want to have a dialogue. We just want to make sure we have a dialogue at the proper level,” the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, added.
China’s embassy in Washington could not immediately be reached for comment.
The news comes as Communist China threatens and intimidates U.S. allies in Asia and the Pacific.
This week, China threatened Australia for taking part in a military exercise with the U.S., France, and Japan. “Australia must not think it can hide from China if it provokes,” a CCP commentator told the Beijing’s mouthpiece Global Times. China is currently waging a trade war against Australia — a steadfast U.S. ally, imposing punitive tariffs on Australian imports and threatening to boycott Australia-made goods.
Under President Biden’s watch, China has repeatedly staged large-scale incursions into Taiwan’s airspace. Chinese nuclear-capable bombers and fighter jets have violated Taiwan’s airspace, as Beijing repeats its threats to invade the tiny Island nation. “Top U.S. military officials are warning with increasing urgency that China could in the next few years invade Taiwan,” the Politico reported in March.
As India battles the resurgence of the Wuhan coronavirus, China has told the pandemic-stricken country to reverse its “pro-U.S. diplomacy. Last May, the Chinese military overran Indian border posts, killing dozens of soldiers and occupying a strategic valley in India’s northern Kashmir region.
With President Biden in the White House, China has unveiled its plans for global domination. In March, China’s rubber-stamp Communist parliament laid out a road map to overtake U.S. as the world’s largest economy in 15 years. Beijing’s grand plan includes sweeping modernization of its military and navy by 2027.
China’s Maoist regime has made its hostile military intentions very clear. Last October, China’s leader Xi Jinping told the People’s Liberation Army to focus on “preparing for war.”
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