Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met with his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe, in Cambodia on Tuesday as the US and China continue to maintain high-level dialogue following the meeting between President Biden and President Xi Jinping.
Austin and Wei agreed to resume military communication channels that Beijing suspended in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visiting Taiwan, but the meeting was still tense.
A Pentagon official said after the meeting that despite the increase in communication, the US still believes “competition remains the defining feature of the relationship between the two nations.”
Austin and Wei delivered warnings over Taiwan, the most sensitive issue between the two powers. In recent years, the US has been increasing support for Taiwan, which China views as moving away from the one-China policy that was agreed on when Washington and Beijing normalized relations in the 1970s.
The Pentagon said in a readout of the meeting that Austin “underscored his opposition to unilateral changes to the status quo” across the Taiwan Strait and called on China to “refrain from further destabilizing actions toward Taiwan.”
According to The South China Morning Post, Wei told Austin that it was the US, not China, that is looking to change the status quo. Wei reiterated that the “Taiwan issue is the core of China’s core interests” and a “red line” that must never be crossed. Xi delivered a similar warning to Biden during talks on the sidelines of the G20 summit last week.
Xi’s message to Biden was that the current state of US-China relations was not in either country’s interest and called to put the relationship back on track. But Biden approached the talks as a managing of tensions rather than a serious rapprochement.
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It tells a great deal about the US that Pentagon officials routinely feed the press with statements about the “defining features” of international relations.
I had the same reaction. My stomach turned. I can’t think of anything more stupid to say other than, “we’re gunning for you, China!” Anybody else asking, how do you think China would welcome such a comment?
Yes, and that the DoD in doing so is often far more reasonable than the State Dept, who are complete lunatics.
Uh-huh. Those crazies may not want to kill us all, but if there were a vote, they’d definitely win “nutjobs most likely” hands down.
““underscored his opposition to unilateral changes to the status quo” across the Taiwan Strait and called on China to “refrain from further destabilizing actions toward Taiwan.””
So…who is it that keeps sending government officials to Taiwan to destabilize the Taiwan Strait just to score political points at home?
If the US Military and Government officials think that China will yield on the question of Taiwan they are gravely mistaken. They just cannot deal with the necessity of dealing fairly with people of color.It is our way or the bus. It is too bad,this conflict about basic issues could go Nuclear.
Yes, that was rich.
The USA always wants “competition” and conflict, NEVER what China wants which is cooperation and win-win.
The Chinese leadership seems to believe this. It has good reasons, but right or wrong really does not matter to motives. They feel threatened, and the US response it to increase the threat. We see where this thinking took us in Ukraine.
If they can cultivate until nascent soul maybe she can left the body and search for new body.
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