Biden will advance to resume military-to-military ties with China, official says

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Ahead of President Joe Biden’s meeting with China’s Xi Jinping, the White House national security advisor Jake Sullivan stated that Biden wishes to reestablish military-to-military ties with the Asian country.

During Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in San Francisco, the two leaders will meet for the first in a year on Wednesday. This will only be the second in-person meeting between the two since Biden took the office in January 2021.

In an interview with CBS’ ‘Face The Nation’, Sullivan said that Biden sees the military ties as interest of U.S. national security. “We need those lines of communication so that there aren’t mistakes or miscalculations or miscommunication.”

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He added that restored military ties could take place at every level, which includes senior leadership to the tactical operational level, as well “on the water and in the air in the Indo-Pacific.”

White House national security advisor said on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ that Biden would seek to “advance the ball” on military-to-military ties during his meeting with Xi, however, he declined from sharing any further information.

Describing it as a “top agenda,” Sullivan said, “The Chinese have basically severed those communications links. President Biden would like to re-establish that.”