The armed forces of the United States and China held a joint meeting to discuss how they would maintain communications in the event of a crisis, the first such interaction of its kind that takes as the two countries continue to trade warnings just days before the U.S. presidential election.The Pentagon announced Thursday that representatives from the U.S. Defense Secretary’s Office, the Joint Staff and the Indo-Pacific Command met virtually with members of China’s Central Military Commission’s Office for International Military Cooperation, its Joint Staff Department and the People’s Liberation Army Southern Theater Command to convene the first-ever Crisis Communications Working Group, a two-day event that began Wednesday.The goal, the statement said, was “to build mutual understanding” between the two rivals based “on principles to prevent and manage crisis and reduce risk to forces.””The two sides agreed on the importance of establishing mechanisms for timely communication during a crisis,” the statement said, “as well as the need to maintain regular communication channels to prevent crisis and conduct post-crisis assessment.”Newsweek subscription offers >The meeting was also discussed Thursday by the Chinese Defense Ministry, where spokesperson Senior Colonel Wu Qian emphasized the importance of improving the beleaguered ties between the two nations,… Read full this story
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