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US-China tensions

U.S. aims for year-end defense talks with top China officials

Superpowers agree to avoid unintended clashes over Taiwan, in South China Sea

Washington and Beijing are trying to arrange a telephone or online meeting of top defense officials by Christmas.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. and China are trying to arrange for their top defense officials to meet before the end of this year, according to multiple U.S. government officials, which would be the first such meeting under President Joe Biden if it comes to pass.

With tensions mounting between the countries over Taiwan and in the South China Sea, the talks could lead to building trust and help the powers avoid accidental confrontations.

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