US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Johnathan Richardson participated in the video call with his Chinese counterpart Commander Admiral Wu Shengli to 'discuss ongoing engagements' between the two navies and recent operations in the South China Sea, reports stated.

This is the second time Richardson engaged with Wu over the video conference, the last being in August 2015.

The talks came two days after USS Lassen guided missile destroyer sailed close to one of the land formations claimed by China in the disputed Spratly Islands chain.

"During today's call, Richardson and Wu discussed US freedom of navigation operations; the relationship between the two navies, including pending port visits, senior leader engagement; and the importance of maintaining an ongoing dialogue," the Pentagon said.

Asserting that the US freedom of navigation operations are global in scope and executed across a wide range of maritime claims, the Pentagon said the operations serve to protect the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea and airspace guaranteed to all nations under international law.

"Freedom of navigation operations are not a challenge to the sovereignty of land features. The United States takes no position on competing sovereignty claims to land features in the South China Sea," reports said adding that both admirals agreed to speak again via video call later this year.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the US takes no position on competing sovereignty claims to land futures in the South China Sea.


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