He was deeply concerned by China’s unwillingness to engage in military crisis management. Thus, warning that talks are key to avoiding conflict.
The relationship between the United States and China is at its lowest point in decades.
As they remain deeply divided over everything from the sovereignty of Taiwan to espionage and territorial disputes in the South China Sea
Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue, Asia’s top security summit. Austin said that open lines of communication between US and Chinese defence.
Military leaders were essential to avoid conflict and bolster stability in the Asia-Pacific.
China’s Minister of National Defence Li Shangfu had this week declined an invitation to meet Austin at the security summit.
Li, a general who has sanctioned by the US, delivers his own speech on Sunday.
On Friday, the two shook hands on the sidelines of the conference. But did not hold detailed talks, the Pentagon said
Liu Pengyu, spokesperson at the Chinese embassy in Washington, said on Friday in an emailed statement that communication between China and the US was conducive to a greater mutual understanding.