US and China agree to resume military communications after summit

BBC.com reports: “The US and China have agreed to resume military-to-military communications in an effort to ease rising tensions, President Joe Biden says.

‘We’re back to direct, open, clear communications,’ he said following a rare meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping in California on Wednesday.

It was the first time the pair had spoken in person in more than a year.

But there were still signs of tension between the two – Mr Biden repeated his view that Mr Xi is a dictator.

China’s foreign ministry later criticised the remarks, but they do not appear to have taken the shine off what both sides are portraying as a largely successful meeting.

Mr Biden also said both leaders had agreed to establish a direct line of communication with one another…”

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