Chiefs of US and Chinese Navies Agree on Need for Cooperation
Chiefs of US and Chinese
Navies Agree on Need for Cooperation
From Chief of Naval Operations Public
Beijing — (NNS)
— July 18, 2016 — Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson met with
People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)) Commander Adm. Wu Shengli during
professional and social events held July 18 at navy headquarters in Beijing.
The goal of the engagement was to improve mutual
understanding and encourage professional interaction between the two navies.
(CNO) Adm. John Richardson meets with Adm. Wu Shengli, Commander of
"I appreciate the opportunity to visit China and to meet with
Adm. Wu in person-there is no substitute for these types of face-to-face
meetings," said Richardson. "My goal is to forge a relationship built on
frankness and cooperation. Given the responsibilities that our navies have, we
must work together and speak candidly-when we agree as well as when we have
"I am very happy to receive you here today," said Wu. "We
attach great importance to your visit. Your visit to China, at our invitation,
shows how both sides put great priority on maritime issues."
The goal of the engagement is to improve
mutual understanding and encourage professional interaction between the two
The two leaders had frank and substantive conversations on
the importance of operating safely, in accordance with international law; future
opportunities for the two navies to engage; and the South China Sea.
The visit, which has been in works for months, was
Richardson's first visit to China as the chief of naval operations and his first
in-person meeting with Wu. Over the last year, the two admirals have held three
discussions via video teleconference.
U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class
CNO will travel next to Qingdao, home of the Chinese North
Sea Fleet, where he is scheduled to visit the Chinese Navy's submarine academy
and tour the aircraft carrier Liaoning (CV-16).
link to 'Q&A' on Day 1 of China Visit with CNO]
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