Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin (left) should not have asked to speak to Xu Qiliang, according to a Chinese source. Photo: AP
Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin (left) should not have asked to speak to Xu Qiliang, according to a Chinese source. Photo: AP

China rejected Lloyd Austin’s phone calls ‘after US defence secretary requested wrong person’

  • Asking to speak to Central Military Commission vice-chairman instead of Defence Minister Wei Fenghe was seen as diplomatic faux pas, source says
  • Beijing has reportedly rejected Austin’s request for a conversation three times, although restraint by both militaries has kept tensions in check

Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin (left) should not have asked to speak to Xu Qiliang, according to a Chinese source. Photo: AP
Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin (left) should not have asked to speak to Xu Qiliang, according to a Chinese source. Photo: AP
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