Japan’s navy chief to China: Our door is open to improving relations
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Japan’s navy chief hopes to resume port visits and the exchange of high-level officials with China as soon as possible in an attempt to assuage rising tensions in the Asia-Pacific.
The comments were made Monday by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force chief of staff Adm. Tomohisa Takei at the 22nd International Seapower Symposium hosted by the National Bureau of Asian Research in Washington D.C., a JMSDF spokesman said.
“Resuming personnel exchanges, including high-level officials and port visits between Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force and Chinese navy, which have been suspended for several years, will contribute to improve relations between both countries,” Takei said, according to the spokesman. “It should be resumed as soon as possible. Our door is open.”
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