From AFP, via DefenseNews.com:
The U.S. on April 4 asked China to join a global effort to maintain international maritime security, as the Pentagon welcomed Beijing’s navy chief Vice Adm. Wu Shengli on a rare visit.
Adm. Michael Mullen, the U.S. chief of naval operations, called on Wu to consider “China’s potential participation in global maritime partnership initiatives” during talks at the Pentagon, his spokesman, Commander John Kirby, told AFP.
Mullen was referring to the “1,000-ship Navy” concept, first proposed at an international seapower symposium in 2005, aimed at building ” on a voluntary basis ” a transnational network of navies, the shipping industry and law enforcement agencies to respond to crises or emergencies at sea. [Full Text]