The Communist Chinese are sending a not-so-subtle reminder to the U.S. president that they will take meetings with the administration whenever they choose. Or not at all, as was the case when Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin sought meetings with high-ranking Chinese military officials.
“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,” Reuters reported on Friday.
The Communist Chinese have ramped up military operations in the South China Sea, menacing U.S. ally Taiwan. Despite assurances during the campaign that Biden would ‘restore’ the world’s respect for the United States, that seeems to be far from the case when it comes to relations with China.
“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,” Reuters continued.
“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 report added.
“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.
According to the South China Morning Post, risk of military conflict over Taiwan is at an “all-time high.” A Beijing-backed think tank based in Hong Kong made the risk assessment.
“The China Cross-Strait Academy released a report on Wednesday on relations across the narrow stretch of water that separates mainland China from Taiwan,” the report said. “It said researchers had looked at factors including the two sides’ military strength, trade relations, public opinion, political events and support from allies, concluding that they were ‘on the brink of war’.”
One would think with the threat of war looming across the Pacific that the Chinese would want to hear from one of the world’s strongest powers in possession of the most advanced Navy. But one look at America’s weak president has apparently convinced the Chinese that there is no need to bother.
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