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US Navy chief heads to China

AFP  |  Washington 

The of the US will visit his Chinese counterpart next week, officials said Friday, as the two powers seek to reduce military risks amid ongoing trade tensions.

of Naval Operations will travel to and from January 13-16, when he will meet with Vice Shen Jinlong, who commands the

"A routine exchange of views is essential, especially in times of friction, in order to reduce risk and avoid miscalculation," Richardson said in a statement.

"Honest and frank dialogue can improve the relationship in constructive ways, help explore areas where we share common interests, and reduce risk while we work through our differences."

The visit comes after tensions spiked last fall between and the US over financial sanctions, an ongoing trade dispute and the sale of US military aviation parts to the self-governing island of

Amid the spat, pulled the plug on a US warship's scheduled visit to Hong Kong and scrapped plans for Shen to meet Richardson in

Richardson and Shen did meet at a symposium in the United States, and have held three discussions via video teleconference, the said.

It will be Richardson's second visit to as the of the Navy.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 08:45 IST