NewsPolitico: Chinese military ignores US attempts to contact them

    Politico: Chinese military ignores US attempts to contact them

    From the Pentagon they assured that the last telephone conversation of the chief of the American General Staff with his Chinese counterpart took place on July 7.

    The US military has repeatedly tried to contact its Chinese counterparts amid escalating tensions over Taiwan but is being ignored, Politico reported Friday, citing several officials familiar with the matter.

    “Chinese military officials have not returned multiple calls from their US counterparts this week,” the daily writes. From the Pentagon they assured that the last telephone conversation of the head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, with the chief of the General Staff of the People’s Liberation Army of China, Li Zuocheng, took place on july 7.

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    “The Secretary [de Defensa estadounidense Lloyd Austin] has repeatedly emphasized the importance of the lines of communication fully open with China’s defense leadership to ensure that we can avoid any miscalculations, and that remains true,” Todd Breasseale, the Pentagon’s acting press secretary, told Politico.

    However, according to experts, the cancellation of the military dialogue is significant, but not unprecedented. “Historically, this is part of the game plan“said Randy Schriver, who served as the top Pentagon official for Asia policy in the Trump administration.

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    The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Friday a series of countermeasures for the visit to Taiwan of the president of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. Among other things, the measures include the cancellation of talks between military leaders of the United States and China, as well as the suspension of the meetings of Chinese representatives with the US Department of Defense

    • Beijing regards Taiwan as inalienable part from its territory, and insists that any negotiations with Taipei that bypass the central government violate the key principle of its one-China policy. Most countries, including Russia, recognize the island as an integral part of the People’s Republic of China.
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    Source: RT

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