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China, U.S. navy chiefs hold video conversation

( Source: China Military Online  )         2015-May-2 15:00

The file photo shows China's navy commander Wu Shengli (L) meeting with his U.S. counterpart Jonathan Greenert in Beijing, capital of China, July 15, 2014. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming, File Photo)

        BEIJING, May 1 (ChinaMil) -- Admiral Wu Shengli, Member of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) and Commander of the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), held a video conversation with the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Jonathan Greenert on the evening of April 29, 2015.

        It was the first ever video conversation between the navy chiefs of China and the United States. Both sides exchanged views on the pragmatic exchanges and cooperation between the two navies, the U.S. warships and aircraft's close-range reconnaissance against China and China's construction on the islands and reefs in the South China Sea, etc.

        Adm. Wu Shengli reviewed the pragmatic progresses of the new type of naval relations between China and U.S. in various fields in recent years. He hoped the two navies to strengthen exchanges and cooperation, continue high level visits, deepen exchanges between naval operating forces, and intensify multilateral and bilateral joint exercises under the guidance of the important consensus reached by leaders of both countries to "build a new type of great power relations between China and U.S.".

        Adm. Wu Shengli said that the close-range reconnaissance by U.S. warships and aircraft against China doesn't accord with the positive joint efforts made by China and U.S. to develop the new type of great power relations and the new type of naval relations. He hoped both sides to truly maintain the overall situation of the relations between the two countries and the two militaries by adhering to the concept of "pragmatic cooperation, harmonious and joint development".

        Adm. Wu emphasized that China's construction activities on the islands and reefs in the South China Sea will not threaten the freedom of navigation in or flying over the South China Sea. Instead, it will enhance China's capabilities to provide such public goods as weather forecast and maritime rescue to all, and help China to perform its international obligation to protect international maritime security.

         China welcomes the international organizations, the U.S. and relevant countries to use China's civilian facilities on the islands and reefs in the South China Sea to carry out cooperation on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, when conditions are ripe, Adm. Wu Shengli added.

         Adm. Jonathan Greenert said the navies of U.S. and China have been enjoying a gradually mature and stable relationship and the smooth development in bilateral cooperation. He hoped both sides to strengthen the implement and application of the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES), and avoid unexpected events in the air and at sea as a result of misunderstanding or misjudgment.

        Adm. Jonathan Greenert also expressed his hope that China can explain its purpose of construction activities in the Nansha islands to the neighboring countries timely. He said it would be beneficial to protecting the navigation safety in the South China Sea and maintaining the peace and stability in the region if the U.S could use the Chinese civilian facilities to cooperate in carrying out humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. It will be of great historical significance, Adm. Jonathan Greenert added.

Editor :  Dong Zhaohui