BRIEF ENCRYPTED REPORTS — A rare series of diplomatic proposals in Beijing was missing at least one “absolutely vital” ingredient, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said this week, which could help better stabilize relations between the world’s two largest economies.
Following his conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping and possibly more substantive talks with his counterpart Qin Gang, Blinken said the Chinese leadership was not quite ready to restart military-to-military contacts, something Washington has seen for years. It has long been a critical tool in preventing a deadly miscalculation in the Taiwan Strait, a region where China recently conducted one of its largest military exercises on record.
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