Statement from Ernest J. Moniz on the Resumption of U.S-China Military Dialogue

Today’s announcement that President Biden and President Xi have agreed to resume military-to-military communications is a very positive development. At a time of increased U.S.-China tensions, it is essential to maintain regular channels of military-to-military dialogue to increase mutual understanding and avoid incidents or miscalculation that could lead to conflict.

Similarly, it is important to continue and build on the bilateral discussions regarding nuclear weapons and arms control that took place in early November in diplomatic channels. With China rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal, the United States modernizing its nuclear forces, and the global arms control and nonproliferation architecture under duress, sustained and constructive dialogue to reduce nuclear risks and enhance stability is more necessary than ever.

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