torsdag 27. mai 2021

China Blasts Defense Secretary Austin as ‘Unprofessional and Unfriendly’

China on Tuesday slammed what it considers Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's "unprofessional and unfriendly" behavior after U.S. officials told multiple news outlets that the Pentagon chief believes Beijing has rebuffed his efforts to connect with his Chinese counterparts. The Financial Times first reported last week that three attempts by the secretary's office to connect with China's top uniformed military officer have gone unanswered. One defense official speaking on the condition of anonymity said, "The Chinese military has not been responsive."

On Tuesday, the state-run Global Times newspaper, considered a mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, issued a stern denial, saying Beijing had reached out to Austin shortly after he took office and offered to arrange a conversation with the Chinese defense minister, Gen. Wei Fenghe.