China Rejected Phone Calls of US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Over Protocol Violation: US Defense Minister Lloyd Austin, Calling Chinese Defense Minister, Not Raised Report

China Rejected Phone Calls of US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Over Protocol Violation: US Defense Minister Lloyd Austin, Calling Chinese Defense Minister, Not Raised Report

Highlights:

  • Diplomatic courtesy has begun to reflect on the strained relations between the US and China.
  • US Defense Minister called several times to talk to Chinese counterpart but did not get up
  • Sources said Wei Fenghe did not pick up the phone due to a violation of diplomatic protocol

Washington / Beijing
The glimpse of tense relations between the US and China is now clearly visible on diplomatic courtesy. In the latest incident, US Defense Minister Lloyd Austin called him several times to talk to his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe but the Chinese leader did not pick up. Chinese military sources said Wei Fenghe did not pick up Austin’s phone due to a violation of diplomatic protocol.

According to the report of the South China Morning Post newspaper published by Hong Kong, the US defense minister’s request led to a misunderstanding because he wanted to talk to China Central Military Commission vice chairman Shu Qiliang. Vice Chairman Shu is above Wei Fenghe in protocol. It passed exasperated to the Ministry of Defense of China. Although both Shu Qiliang and the Defense Minister report directly to the Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to diplomatic protocol, the US Defense Minister should have spoken to Wei Fenghe.

‘Outrage in terms of political protocol’

Meanwhile, US Defense Ministry Spokesperson John Kirby has said that even after that we were willing to talk to the Chiefs of the Chinese Army. He said that we definitely wanted to talk to our counterpart in China and we are still working on the methods of this dialogue. Kirby, however, did not respond to reports in the Chinese media claiming that Beijing had sent a friend signal to Austin, but the US official did not respond.

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Chinese media said that Austin should later talk to another CMC official, which is considered an insult in terms of diplomatic protocol. Let us tell you that tensions between China and America have increased greatly on many issues including Taiwan and South China Sea. Recently, the American warship had passed through the South China Sea, which was strongly opposed by the Chinese Army.

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