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
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

Topic |   US-China relations
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
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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