China, US agree on direct military communication

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China and the United States have reached an agreement to improve their direct military communication to lower chances of “miscalculations” and accidental military confrontations amid the crisis on the Korean Peninsula.

The so-called Joint Strategic Dialogue Mechanism Agreement was signed in China’s capital of Beijing on Tuesday by US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford and his Chinese counterpart Gen. Fang Fenghui.

The agreement is aimed at crisis mitigation and facilitating a “direct communication” channel between the two countries’ top military brass.

Fang said during the signing ceremony that the two military chiefs had discussed North Korea, Taiwan, and the South China Sea, adding that cooperation between the two militaries was the only correct choice for Washington and Beijing.

China’s Defense Ministry further said in a statement, “The Chinese military is willing to make efforts with the…

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