China rejected a U.S. offer to set up a direct military line of communication between Washington and Beijing, which is a priority goal for the Biden administration, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday.
Blinken’s remarks came at a press conference shortly after he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, a rare exception to diplomatic protocol that signals the seriousness with which Beijing took Blinken’s visit and the relationship.
[Editor’s Note: Word from DC is that Blinken was humiliated by the Chinese on this visit. No receiving party at the airport (for the senior most U.S. diplomat), and he was forced to wait until 30 min before his departure to get time with President Xi. It is difficult to express just how dangerous it is to not have direct contact between the military leaders of two nuclear-armed nations, particularly with tensions this high. It is not a question of if there will be problems, but when.]