US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin has yet to speak with his Chinese counterpart, a Pentagon spokesman said, as the two sides wrangle over protocol.At a time of rising tensions, the Pentagon has reportedly sought to open lines of communication, making several attempts to set up high-level military talks that have been rebuffed by Beijing.Asked on Wednesday whether there had been any progress, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed that, since he took office in January, Austin had not had any…

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