The two phone calls between General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, and Li Zuocheng, the Chief of Staff of the Communist Party of China, are currently the focus of attention of both Chinese and American leaders. More and more relevant inside stories are exposed, which is expected to affect the direction of the relationship between Beijing and Washington.
Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post quoted news on October 4 as saying that General Milli called Li Zuocheng on October 30, 2020, four days before the US presidential election vote. This call did not serve to appease Beijing.
Because less than a month after the call between the two parties, Rear Admiral Michael Studeman (Michael Studeman) visited Taiwan without warning. Then in early 2021, there was news that the then U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Kelly Craft and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had plans to visit Taiwan. Beijing was furious at this.
The source told the South China Morning Post that these news came out within a few weeks after Milli’s call, making Beijing believe that the Donald Trump administration was deliberately stimulating the Chinese military to resort to retaliatory measures and further trigger wars or wars. conflict.
So the CCP immediately expressed its doubts to the military attache of the US Embassy in China; Li Zuocheng’s subordinates also spread the word through non-military channels, including maintaining contact with the US Consul General in Hong Kong.
A few weeks later, Milly had a second call with Li Zuocheng. The source also revealed that the United States then cancelled Kraft and Pompeo’s plan to visit Taiwan.
Earlier reports showed that the US State Department announced the cancellation of Kraft and Pompeo’s visit to Taiwan on January 12 this year, when Biden was ready to take over the White House.
Previously, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and public opinion were very much looking forward to the visit of Kraft and others to Taiwan. At that time, the Hong Kong National Security Act officially landed in Hong Kong, and Hong Kong people’s resistance for more than a year was violently suppressed. Russell Hsaio, CEO of the Global Taiwan Studies Center, a think tank in Washington, once analyzed the BBC and said, As we all know, Hong Kong is Beijing’s stepping stone in dealing with Taiwan.” Against the background of Beijing’s continuous compression of Hong Kong’s political space, Kraft’s visit to Taiwan is of great significance. But not only Kraft’s visit, there was a series of plans to visit Taiwan by high-ranking American officials, which were cancelled before and after the CCP’s protest and Millie’s second phone call.
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