Chinese and US Navies to hold high level talks over tensions in South China Sea
The Chinese and US Navies are set to hold high-level talks over tensions in the South China Sea after a US warship sailed two days ago, within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island being built by China, without the permission of the Chinese government.
A US official said the US Chief of Naval operations Admiral John Richardson and his Chinese counterpart Admiral Wu Shengli would hold an hour-long video teleconference today. Both officers initiated the meeting to discuss recent operations in the South China Sea as well as naval ties, the U.S. official said. It will be the third such video teleconference between the countries naval chiefs.
Beijing rebuked Washington for sending a guided-missile destroyer within 12 nautical miles of one of Chinas man-made islands in the Spratly archipelago on Tuesday, saying it had tracked and warned the USS Lassen and called in the U.S. ambassador to protest.
It will be the third such video teleconference between Naval Chiefs from the United States and China.