US, Chinese Military Leaders Sign Deal to Increase Communication

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Military chiefs from China and the United States have signed a deal to improve communications between the two forces amid ongoing tensions over North Korea’s missile program, and Taiwan and China’s claims in the South China Sea.

According to a statement released Aug. 15 by the U.S. Department of Defense, the agreement will enable the two militaries “to communicate to reduce the risk of miscalculation.”

Officials said that these communications are especially crucial now, as the region and world faces the dangers of a nuclear-armed North Korea.

Despite the agreement, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the two countries have “many difficult issues” to work through and acknowledged that the U.S. and China “will not necessarily have the same perspectives.”