(CTN News) – U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden wants to strengthen military-to-military ties between the United States and China, according to White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan, who made the remarks on Sunday, just days before the president is scheduled to meet with China’s top leader.
Ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in San Francisco on Wednesday, Vice President Biden will meet in person with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time in a year. Since Biden took office in January 2021, it will be the only time that the two leaders have met in person after he took office.
In an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Sullivan said that, “the president is determined to see military-to-military ties restored because he believes it is in the national security interest of the United States.” We need those lines of communication so that we don’t make mistakes, miscalculations or miscommunications.”
According to Sullivan, the re-establishing of military ties to the Indo-Pacific region could occur at all levels from senior leadership to tactical operational level, as well as “on the water and in the air.”
According to CNN’s “State of the Union” program, Biden will try to “advance the ball” on the issue of military ties at his meeting with Xi, but Sullivan declined to give any more details.
I think that President Biden would like to re-establish these communications links, which have basically been severed by the Chinese,” Sullivan said. This is one of the top agenda items on the agenda.”
In addition to the Israel-Hamas war, the meeting between Biden and Xi is expected to discuss global issues such as the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, North Korea’s ties with Russia, Taiwan, the Indo-Pacific, human rights, fentanyl production, artificial intelligence, as well as “fair” trade and economic relations between the two nations.
It became increasingly tense between the two countries after Biden ordered the shooting down of a suspected Chinese spy balloon that flew over the United States in February, adding to the emergence of a frosty relationship.
It is true, however, that top Biden administration officials have since traveled to Beijing and have met with their counterparts in order to rebuild communications and trust between the two sides.