WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson participated in a video teleconference (VTC) January 19 with his Chinese counterpart, People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)) Commander Adm. Wu Shengli to discuss the state of relations between the two navies.
The two-hour discussion was the third time Richardson has engaged with Wu over the VTC, the last being in October 2015. Conversations between the two heads of navy serve to establish a dialogue that reduces risk of miscalculation between their two forces.
"I value these discussions--face-to-face interaction and frank exchanges help build a personal connection that benefits both our navies now and into the future," said Richardson.
Richardson and Wu highlighted progress in the relationship between the U.S. Navy and PLA(N), noting successful exchanges and visits that occurred during 2015. Each conveyed willingness to build on that progress in 2016.
Of note, both admirals discussed upcoming opportunities to meet in-person for the first time later this year.