Friday, December 31, 2010
Sino-Japanese Joint Navel Drill
On 27 November 2009, the Chinese Defense Liang Guanglie and the Japanese Defense Minister Kitazawa Toshimi held a joint press briefing in Tokyo to announce a joint naval drill agreement in next year after the Chinese delegation arrived Japan for visiting. This military exchange will be the first joint naval exercise for search and rescue operations. The Maritime Self-Defense Force has conducted a similar naval drill with South Korea and Russia. This operation between China and Japan will certainly improve Sino-Japanese military relations. On 30 November 2009, the Chinese defense chief visited a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer Chokai equipped with the Aegis combat system at the U.S. naval base. But, his visit was limited because much information about the ship is secret, including the air defense system developed by the US. The White House is not certainly very happy about this visit.