The U.S. and China will resume military-to-military communication after a long period of radio silence, according to U.S. President Joe Biden.
Biden disclosed this to reporters after a long-awaited face-to-face meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
The meeting was held on the sidelines of the ongoing summit in Filoli Estate, San Francisco, U.S.
The summit is the 30th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting that began on Nov. 14 to end on Nov. 17.
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The step was “critically important,” the U.S. leader said.
“We are reassuming military-to-military direct contact… (which had) been cut off and has been worrisome.
“That’s how accidents happen,” Biden said during a news conference in San Francisco.
“We’re back to direct, open, clear, direct communications,” Biden said.
“Vital miscalculations on either side can cause real, real trouble with a country like China or any other major country,” he added. (dpa/NAN)