The White House said it has not communicated with the Chinese military since the US military dispatched F-22 fighter jets to shoot down missiles over Alaska.
According to “Newsweek” (Newsweek) report on the 10th, White House National Security Council (NSC) Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby (John Kirby) confirmed on Friday that under the order of US President Biden, the drone was shot down at 40,000 feet (12192 km) in Alaska airspace. Meters).
Before Biden ordered the shooting down, the US military pilots judged that there was no one on it. Compared with the last time it shot down a Chinese spy balloon, the US took quicker action this time.
When Kirby was asked on Friday about the state of communication between China and the United States, he admitted that since the United States has an embassy in Beijing, the two countries certainly have contacts at the diplomatic level. The communication channel between the two militaries does not seem to be open at present.
Since Nancy Pelosi, then Speaker of the US House of Representatives, visited Taiwan in August last year, Beijing has suspended some communication channels with the US side.
Channels with the PLA were “categorically rejected.”
“That’s a shame, especially at a time like this when you want to keep the lines of communication open as much as possible,” Kirby stressed.