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General Milley’s spokesman defends “vital” secret calls to China as Biden expresses “great confidence”

A spokesperson for General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has defended the official’s secret appeals to China in the last few months of the Trump administration to help avert an accidental war.

“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs communicates regularly with defense chiefs around the world, including China and Russia,” Col. Dave Butler said in a statement. “These conversations remain vital to enhancing mutual understanding of US national security interests, reducing tensions, providing clarity, and avoiding unintended consequences or conflicts. “

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