United States’ and People’s Republic of China (PRC) defense officials met in Beijing on January 14, 2020, for the 15th U.S.-China Defense Policy Coordination Talks.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for China, Mr. Chad Sbragia, co-chaired the annual defense talks with Maj. Gen. Huang Xueping, deputy director of the People’s Liberation Army’s Office for International Military Cooperation.
U.S. representatives included officials from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and the U.S. Embassy Beijing.
The talks resulted in consensus to maintain open channels of communication, strengthen mechanisms to prevent and manage crisis, and enhance cooperation on areas of common interest.
The bilateral dialogue aligned with Secretary Esper’s intent to forge a stable, constructive, and results-oriented defense relationship with the PRC.