The administration chaired by Joe Biden is examining the possibility of establishing an emergency hotline with the Chinese government, similar to the one called “red phone” established between the US and the Soviet Union during the cold war, which allowed direct communication with the Kremlin as a way to avoid nuclear war.

Although the idea is still in the pipeline and has not yet been formally raised with China, Biden wants to develop a rapid communication tool to reduce the risk of conflict between the United States and China, CNN reported Thursday.

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The chain, which cites as a source people related to the conversations about the device, ensures that a direct line to Beijing It would allow Biden, or senior officials on his national security team, to immediately make phone calls or send encrypted messages to President Xi Jinping or his closest associates.

For example, urgent information about military movements Sudden or warning messages sent about cyberattacks.

The idea of ​​establishing a direct line to Beijing dates back at least to Barack Obama administrationAlthough the concept was not embodied in a classified national security memorandum until the last year of the Trump administration, according to a source familiar with it, the network adds.

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Officials in the Biden administration have pursued the idea, the sources said, but many details remain to be resolvedr, including the fact that the Chinese accept the installation of the device.

The US has long had trouble getting quick responses from Beijing when it comes to urgent matters, US officials told CNN, so this system would improve communications in this regard.

The chain states that there is already a similar direct line between the Chinese authorities and the Pentagon and, although it must use exclusively for military affairs, seldom is useful for any subject.

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