China Rejected Lloyd Austin’s Call Because He Asked for the Wrong Official

These clowns are going to 'win the 21st century?'

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

According to a report from The South China Morning Post, China did not return calls from US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin because he asked for the wrong official.

Last week, US officials told Reuters that Austin made three failed attempts to speak with Xu Qiliang, the vice-chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, who is seen as a close confidant of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Sources told the Post that Austin should have requested to speak with Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe.

“Both Xu and Wei report to Xi, but in diplomatic protocol, Austin’s counterpart is Wei,” the source told the Post. “The Pentagon realized this when [Austin’s predecessors] Mark Esper and James Mattis were in office.” In August 2020, then-Secretary of Defense Mark Esper spoke with Wei by phone.

There were apparently debates within the Biden administration over which official Austin should try to speak with, and they ultimately picked the wrong one. Still, if US-China relations weren’t so strained, the confusion could have easily been cleared up.

China also has reasons to be hesitant to engage with Austin. His Pentagon recently identified China as the top “pacing threat” facing the US military, and the Biden administration is rallying allies to counter Beijing in Asia.


  1. Ronnie says

    The indispensable Low IQ nation.
    The real problem is all Chinese names look the same!

    1. Mr Reynard says

      Well, I was disappointed that Joe Dementia didn’t
      Appointed as Secretary of Defense that Black Intellectual Giant to that post ?

      1. Ronnie says

        I accept your superior assessment.
        The bald lady should have got it.
        She would look suitably transgender in a flashy uniform.

      2. SPQR70AD says

        who would want to talk with the neo-coon lloyd “king kong” austin anyway?

  2. Dale F says

    If the phone rings and there’s is no one to hear, does it make a sound?

  3. yuri says

    Austin called for China’s director of LGBT ministry—upset it doesn’t exist

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