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US Air Force General Charles Q. Brown, the newly appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has expressed optimism about improving military relations with China.
In a recent statement, Brown revealed that he sent an introductory letter to his Chinese counterpart, indicating his openness to meeting and fostering better communication. This gesture comes as President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping prepare for talks aimed at easing the current tensions between their nations.
Brown’s comments, made during his visit to Japan, emphasize the importance of reestablishing military communication with China, which Beijing had largely severed. The General believes such ties are vital to prevent misunderstandings from escalating into conflicts. He said, “I think there’s an opportunity and … as the President potentially meets with Xi next week, we’re getting indications that there is some interest.”
Brown also commented on Xi’s stance towards Taiwan, suggesting that a forced takeover may not be Xi’s preferred approach despite the challenges of such an operation.
While Brown did not specify the recipient of his letter, General Liu Zhenli, the Chief of the Joint Staff Department of China’s Central Military Commission, is a likely candidate.
Liu, who is poised to become China’s next defense minister, remains free from Western sanctions, unlike his predecessor, General Li Shangfu, who faced US sanctions for a Russian arms deal.