Japanese Military in China

It won’t make the splash that Sichuan Earthquake Relief would have (until both governments scuttled the idea), but the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces Destroyer Sazanami is visiting Guangdong Province this week. As the New York Times article notes, the last time the naval flag of the Rising Sun was flown in China was under more hostile circumstances.

One of my first blog posts was noting a US warship that visited Vietnam. The Japanese Navy’s visit to China is equally strange for many, but equally good news for the future.

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