A few days before the meeting between the President of the United States (US) Joe Biden and President Ti Xi Jinping at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) high-level conference (Summit) in San Francisco mid-week, the National Security Advisor of the House White Jake Sullivan Sunday (12/11) said Biden wanted to restore military relations with China.
This meeting at the APEC Summit was the first for Biden and Xi in the past year. This meeting is also the second face-to-face meeting between the two leaders since Biden came to power in January 2021.
“President Biden is committed to re-establishing military-to-military relations because he believes it is in America’s national security interests,” said Sullivan, speaking on CBS television’s “Face the Nation.”
“We need communication channels so that there are no errors, or miscalculations, or miscommunication,” he added.
Sullivan further said military rapprochement could occur at every level, from senior leadership to the tactical operational level, as well as “in the waters and air of the Indo-Pacific.”
Military Relations with China
Meanwhile, speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” program, Sullivan said Biden would seek to “push progress” in military relations between the two countries in his meeting with Xi, but declined to provide further details.
“Basically China cut off this communication link. President Biden wants to rebuild those relationships. “This is our main agenda,” Sullivan said.
The Biden-Xi meeting is expected to cover global issues, from the Israel-Hamas war to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, North Korea and Russia relations, Taiwan issues, the Indo-Pacific, human rights, fentanyl production, artificial intelligence issues, to economic relations and “fair” trade, a senior American official said.
Relations between the two countries soured after Biden ordered the shooting down of what was suspected to be a Chinese spy balloon flying over American territory. However, since the incident a number of top Biden officials have come to Beijing and met with their counterparts to rebuild trust and communication.” (em/lt)