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Release No: 235-97
December 04, 1997

CNO To Visit The People's Republic Of China

Adm. Jay L. Johnson, chief of Naval operations, will begin a five-day visit to the People's Republic of China Sunday, Oct. 5. He will be accompanied by Vice Adm. James O. Ellis, deputy chief of Naval operations (plans, policy, and operations), and supporting staff.

The objectives of this visit are to exchange views about issues of mutual interest, to promote mutual understanding, communications and trust and to enhance military-to-military engagement with the People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)). Additionally, the visit will provide an opportunity to increase the senior U.S. Navy leadership's understanding of Chinese national security policies, as well as PLA(N) leadership and capabilities. More broadly, the visit will enhance understanding of Chinese society and economic development.

The visit will include meetings with the minister of defense, Gen. Chi Haotian; the chief of the general staff, Gen. Fu Quanyou; the commander of the PLA(N), Vice Adm. Shi Yunsheng; the deputy commander of the PLA(N), Vice Adm. He Pengfei; and the commander of the north sea fleet, Rear Adm. Zhang Dingfa.

The visit will include stops in Beijing, Qingdao and Shanghai. Adm. Johnson will have the opportunity to visit PLA(N) units and will observe PLA(N) military training operations at sea.

Adm. Johnson's trip will include stops in Hawaii and Japan

For additional information, please contact Cmdr. Frank Thorp at (703) 697-5342.

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