Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe, US Secretary of Defense Austin Lloyd Photo:File  

FOX News: China agrees to meet with US defense secretary for first time since Taiwan crisis  

China had cut off military communication after Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan 

China’s defense ministry agreed to meet with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for the first time since China held unprecedented military drills surrounding Taiwan last month. 

China had halted all regular military dialogue with the U.S. following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in August. 

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe is now scheduled to meet face-to-face with Austin while the pair attend a regional security forum in Southeast Asia this week, Reuters reported Sunday. 

A spokesman for China’s defense ministry alluded to the meeting in a statement to reporters this weekend. 

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WNU editor: The U.S. pushed for this meeting. I have zero expectations. But it advances what was discussed last week between Biden and Xi …. China-US military exchanges may resume after Xi-Biden meeting: experts (Global Times).

Here is the Chinese announcement of this meeting …. China remains open to defense chief dialogue with US during ADMM-Plus meeting (Global Times). 

U.S. Secretary of Defense And China’s Defense Minister Will Meet At A Regional Security Forum In Southeast Asia This Week  

Austin Heads to Indo-Pacific to Consult with Allies, Partners — US Department of Defense

US pushes defense ties with Indonesia as China strengthens — AP

China says open to meeting with U.S. defence secretary — Reuters

China Open to Defense Minister Meeting With US as Tension Eases — Bloomberg