The US and China resumed military dialogue after an interruption of more than a year

FILE PHOTO: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown at a press conference during a NATO Defense Ministers’ meeting at the Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium October 11, 2023. REUTERS/Johanna Geron REFILE – CORRECTING EVENT/File Photo (JOHANNA GERON/)

The senior American officer Charles “CQ” Brown He spoke this Thursday with the Chinese general Liu Zhenli, a spokesman reported, after a more than year-long interruption of high-level military talks between the two countries.

China’s regime suspended talks to express its displeasure over a 2022 visit by then-Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. But the leaders of the two countries, Joe Biden and Xi Jinpingagreed to resume them when they met last month in California.

Brown, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, “discussed the importance of working together to responsibly manage competition, avoid miscalculations and maintain open and direct lines of communication,” his spokesman, Captain Jereal Dorsey, said in a statement.

He reiterated the importance of the People’s Liberation Army engaging in substantive dialogue to reduce the likelihood of misunderstandings.”indicates the statement, referring to China’s army.

The two leaders also “discussed a range of global and regional security issues” during their video conference, the statement added.

Liu Zhenli, member of China's Central Military Commission, arrives at the Beijing Xiangshan Forum in Beijing, China October 30, 2023. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Pool
Liu Zhenli, member of China’s Central Military Commission, arrives at the Beijing Xiangshan Forum in Beijing, China October 30, 2023. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Pool (FLORENCE LO/)

Beijing reacted with fury to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in August 2022, canceling cooperation with Washington on key issues such as the climate change, the fight against drugs and military talksand launching the largest war exercises in its history on the island.

China claims Taiwan as its territory, has promised to one day control the island, by force if necessary, and chafes at any official contact between Taipei and foreign governments.

Taiwan lives under constant fear of a Chinese invasion and Beijing has stepped up its rhetoric and military activity in recent years.

US President Joe Biden met with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinpingin California in November at their first summit in a year, at which they agreed to restore military-to-military communications and ease tensions.

During the recent summit in San Francisco, Xi Jinping communicated to Joe Biden that China is determined to reunify Taiwan with the continent, but has not yet decided when it will take place. The revelation was made by the journalist Kristen Welker from the news network NBCNews.

In a meeting attended by American and Chinese officials, Xi He stressed the preference for peaceful unification instead of force, despite the fact that military hostilities against the island have occurred daily for more than a year. Despite speculation by US military leaders about possible dates in 2025 or 2027 for taking Taiwanthe autocrat clarified to Biden that these predictions are erroneous, since no time frame has been set.

Furthermore, it was revealed that the Chinese regime unsuccessfully requested that Biden declare support for peaceful unification with Taiwan and opposed Taiwanese independence, something that is not on the table and that is not proposed by Taipei, which prefers to maintain the current status quo.

The statements of Xi in that meeting – although aligned with their previously expressed position on Taiwan– have caught the attention of US officials amid growing aggression by China towards Taiwan and facing a possible decisive presidential election on the island next month.

Officials described Xi as direct and sincere, without becoming confrontational. During the summit, Xi expressed his concern about the candidates for the presidency of Taiwan and recognized the influence of USA in the region. Biden asked China respect the Taiwanese electoral process, to which Xi responded that, while peace is important, China will eventually seek a definitive resolution.

(With information from AFP)