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Three Chinese Navy Ships Begin 4-Day San Diego Visit

Three Chinese Navy ships tied up in San Diego Tuesday for a four-day visit.

The frigates Yancheng and Daqing, and the oiler Tai Hu arrived at the B Street Pier and will stay until Friday, the U.S. Navy said. This is the third visit by Chinese Navy ships to San Diego in the last three years.

Photo caption: Three Chinese Navy ships make a port call in San Diego for a four-day visit t...

Photo by Kris Arciaga

Three Chinese Navy ships make a port call in San Diego for a four-day visit to participate in sporting events and cultural exchanges with U.S. Navy sailors, Dec. 6, 2016.

Crew members were being hosted by sailors from the San Diego-based cruiser USS Cape St. George. They're scheduled to take part in sporting events and cultural exchanges designed to build trust and foster cooperative relationships, according to the Navy.

One of the vessels — which one has not been specified — will be open for public tours on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Photo caption: U.S. Navy sailors welcome the Chinese Navy at B Street Pier, San Diego, Dec. ...

Photo by Kris Arciaga

U.S. Navy sailors welcome the Chinese Navy at B Street Pier, San Diego, Dec. 6, 2016.

The visit comes amid some tension between the United States and China over a telephone call that President-elect Donald Trump recently accepted from the president of Taiwan in violation of the protocol stemming from what has been Washington's One China policy since 1979. The Chinese submitted a diplomatic protest Saturday.

Photo caption: People gathered to welcome members of the Chinese Navy during their four-day ...

Photo by Kris Arciaga

People gathered to welcome members of the Chinese Navy during their four-day visit to San Diego, Dec. 6, 2016.

The White House said Monday it has sought to reassure China after the call. The Obama administration also warned that such contacts could undermine progress in relations with Beijing.

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