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Biden Wants US to Open Military Ties with China

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President Joe Biden will be asking Chinese President Xi Jinping to restore military-to-military contacts that were severed last year, aiming to manage competition responsibly and avoid future conflict.

China has rebuffed previous attempts to resume these contacts, citing unilateral sanctions and U.S. support for Taiwan as reasons for the refusal.

White House national security advisor Jake Sullivan emphasized that getting China on board “has been a priority for President Biden. He believes that having military-to-military communication is necessary to manage competition responsibly, and to ensure that competition does not turn into conflict.” (Trending: Photos Released Of Cocaine Found In White House)

“I’m not going to get ahead of any announcements that the president might make coming out of the meeting. But I will say the president is determined to see the re-establishment of military-to-military ties because he believes it’s in the U.S. national security interest,” Sullivan stated.

“The U.S. side is surely aware of why there is difficulty in military-to-military exchanges,” Yang Tao, a Chinese Foreign Ministry official said previously.

“One of the reasons is unilateral sanctions against the Chinese side. They first need to remove impediments and create conditions for military-to-military cooperation,” he stated. (Trending: Court Hands Down Crucial 2nd Amendment Ruling)

“China has resisted giving such absolute assurances because it fears that it would amount to letting the US keep boosting its support for Taiwan,” professor Shi Yinhong said.

Biden is expected to meet Xi on Wednesday in San Francisco during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

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