Chinese admiral cancels meeting with US counterpart amid tensions

Washington (CNN)China’s top naval officer canceled a visit to the US to meet with his American counterpart less than 48 hours before the meeting was scheduled to occur, according to two US defense officials.

“We were informed that Vice Adm. Shen Jinlong has been recalled to China and will not conduct a visit with Chief of National Operations Adm. John Richardson. We have no additional information at this time,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn told CNN in a statement.
Richardson was scheduled to meet with Shen, the People’s Liberation Army (Navy) commander, Saturday on the sidelines of the International Seapower Symposium at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

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