Critical to have direct line of communication with China: Pentagon chief

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs U.S. Army General Milley testify before a Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Thursday that it was critical to have direct lines of communication with Chinese officials in case of an accident.

"I'm concerned about something that could happen that could spark a crisis and I think we need the ability to be able to talk with both our allies and partners but also our adversaries or potential adversaries," Austin told lawmakers during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

"There needs to be a direct line of communication between the military and also between government officials as well," he added.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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