US Shoots Down Chinese Calls To Lift Sanctions

WASHINGTON —Renewed calls by Chinese officials for the lifting of sanctions in exchange for open lines of communication with the U.S. military are echoing into a diplomatic abyss, even as tensions between the two superpowers continue to mount.

The Pentagon on Thursday rejected the demand, arguing there is no good reason for high-level Chinese military officials to avoid conversations with their U.S. counterparts.

“From our perspective, there are no obstacles to keeping open lines of communication,” the Pentagon press secretary, Brigadier General Patrick Ryder, told reporters, responding to a question from VOA.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin “can communicate with his Chinese counterpart right now,” Ryder added. “Those sanctions do not need to be lifted in order for him to communicate with his counterpart.”


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