Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe greets his then US counterpart Mark Esper in 2019, but Esper’s later sacking preceded a rocky spell for military exchanges. Photo: AP
Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe greets his then US counterpart Mark Esper in 2019, but Esper’s later sacking preceded a rocky spell for military exchanges. Photo: AP

US-China tension: preventing war ‘relies on conversations between their militaries’

  • Breakdown in military-level communication since Chinese side missed virtual meeting should be addressed to stabilise situation, observers say
  • Crisis prevention remains important with US President Joe Biden set to continue the broad strategy of his predecessor

Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe greets his then US counterpart Mark Esper in 2019, but Esper’s later sacking preceded a rocky spell for military exchanges. Photo: AP
Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe greets his then US counterpart Mark Esper in 2019, but Esper’s later sacking preceded a rocky spell for military exchanges. Photo: AP
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