The US wants to continue to take steps to re-establish contacts with China’s military authorities “to deal with a series of unforeseen circumstances, accidents or mishaps,” Kurt said. Campbell, coordinator for the Indo-Pacific of the US National Security Council, this Monday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS, for its acronym in English), based in Washington.
“We believe it is important that the US and China take the necessary practical steps to enable effective communication in the face of a number of unforeseen circumstances or an accident or mishap. We will continue to explain why these [communication channels] are important, especially as our forces engage and operate ever closer to one another,” Campbell said discussing military cooperation with Australia and the UK under the alliance. AUKUS.
The official cited the incident of the Chinese balloon that flew over US territory to demonstrate the need for contacts between the military authorities in Beijing and Washington, which, according to him, “were lacking in those circumstances.”
In addition, Campbell stressed the role of diplomacy in the process of restoring communications between China and the US, calling US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to China last week a “good step”. “We will continue to take those steps to enhance dialogue and discussions with China as part of our broader Indo-Pacific strategy.”
After concluding a two-day visit to China, Blinken reiterated during a press conference last week that Washington does not support Taiwan independence and does not seek conflict with Beijing.
However, a day after Blinken’s remarks, US President Joe Biden called his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, a “dictator”. Despite those words, Biden still intends to meet with the Chinese leader any time soon.