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Tense talks between China and the USA increase the need for improved crisis management: Chinese advisor

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BEIJING (Reuters) – This week’s US-China meeting’s failure to build strategic trust has increased the need for Beijing and Washington to improve the crisis management regime, a senior Chinese military scientist and advisor said at a forum in Saturday Beijing.

After a fiery start, US and Chinese officials concluded on Friday what Washington described as “tough and direct” talks in Alaska, which exposed tensions between the world’s two largest economies at the start of the Biden administration.

“Now that we cannot rely on strategic trust, as the ongoing Anchorage meeting shows, we need to improve our crisis management regime, including updating the code of conduct for close encounters,” said General Yao Yunzhu.

Yao is emeritus director of the Center for Defense Relations between China and America, Academy of Military Sciences, an official think tank of the People’s Liberation Army.

Speaking to an international audience of business and political leaders at the China Development Forum, she also said the two countries should agree on a broader concept of strategic stability than what the United States and the Soviet Union had during the Cold War of the ability to destroy each other with nuclear weapons.

China and the United States should also work together to set standards on whether or how new technologies like space, cyber and artificial intelligence should be used by the military, Yao said.

Mutual exclusion from this standard-setting process will have “serious consequences,” she warned.

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