A Japanese destroyer arrived in the southern Chinese port of Zhanjiang today to deliver earthquake-relief supplies, the first visit to China by a naval ship from Japan since World War II.
The “Sazanami’‘ arrived in the Guangdong province port city for a planned five-day docking, Akio Takahashi of Japan’s Defense Ministry said today. The 240-crew ship will host Chinese military officers and the Japanese sailors will play soccer and basketball games with their counterparts. The visit follows a Chinese navy missile destroyer’s to Japan last year.
The military exchange comes amid improving ties between Asia’s two largest economies after both agreed to try to set aside diplomatic controversies over Japan’s occupation of parts of China in the 1930s and 1940s.