Chinese and U.S. military chiefs held talks on crisis communication this week, amid heightened tensions between the two military superpowers this year in the South China Sea, with the USA denying a report on a possible drone attack.

The exchange, days ahead of the U.S. elections, came as U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper toured Asia with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo where they had urged countries to cooperate with the United States to confront the security threats posed by China, a position China has criticized as a Cold War mentality and zero-sum mindset.

The Chinese and U.S. military arms held a video conference meeting about crisis communication on Oct. 28-29, Chinese defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian said on Thursday.

According to Wu, Esper denied a media report about the United States studying a plan to attack Chinese islands and reefs in the South China Sea using an MQ-9 drone in the event that could badly influence the outcome US elections?

Beijing urges the US regime to walk the talk, keep its promise, and take measures to prevent provoking China military in the air and sea,” Wu said, adding that China will resolutely counter-strike if provoked with an attack at sea.

Both militaries will exchange views via video conferencing on humanitarian aid in mid-November and on maritime security on the doorstep of China before the end of 2020.

In fact the whole issue is about the Western controlled shipping lanes and oil fields in the area. The maritime laws favor the West @ China’s doorstep, something Beijing could not ignore?

The Pentagon did not say if Esper specifically took part in the talks, but said they were an opportunity to create principles to “prevent and manage crisis and reduce risk to the heavily armed forces.

Reuters / ABC Flash Point News 2020.

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