Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson reviews an honor guard aboard a Chinese People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)) frigate during a visit to Qingdao in July 2016. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Nathan Laird)

WASHINGTON - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson is scheduled to visit China, Jan. 13 to 16, to meet with Central Military Commission leadership and People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)) commander Vice Adm. Shen Jinlong.

The goal of the three-day visit to Beijing and Nanjing is to continue a results-oriented, risk reduction focused dialog between the two militaries.

"I am looking forward to this trip," said Richardson. “A routine exchange of views is essential, especially in times of friction, in order to reduce risk and avoid miscalculation. 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."

Richardson and Shen met previously at the 2018 International Seapower Symposium, hosted by Richardson in Newport, R.I. and have held three discussions via video teleconference (VTC) with the most recent occurring in December 2018.

This is Richardson's second visit to China as CNO.