Yang Lu, a trainee reporter from Global Network, reported on September 22 that a delegation of the Japanese Self-Defense Force (SDF) led by the Vice-Minister of Defense Planning of the Ministry of Supervisory Services of the United Nations, Gentian Zhiyan, arrived in Beijing on the 19th of this month and exchanged views with members of the China Society for International Strategic Studies on Maritime security and other issues.
Reported that as a communication project between the Japanese Self-Defense Force and school-level officers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, the 13-member delegation arrived in Beijing on the 19th of this month and will stay in China until the 27th. Besides Beijing, Changchun and Shanghai will also be visited in Jilin province. On the evening of 21, the Chinese side held a welcome ceremony in Beijing.
At the welcome banquet, Zhendian Zhiyan, who served as the head of the delegation, said, "Taking the opportunity of this visit, I sincerely hope that the two sides can deepen their exchanges through various channels."
"By listening directly to the opinions of the Chinese army and watching the training, we can feel the professional consciousness. Direct dialogue between the two sides is very meaningful," Zhendian Zhiyan said.
In addition, Gong Xianfu, vice president of the China Institute of International Strategic Studies, the Chinese host, said: "We should find common ground between the two sides through dialogue and communication. This exchange project itself has such a role."
The report also mentions that the exchange project started in 2001 with the Japan's Yamagawa Peace Foundation and the China International Strategic Association as a window. Since 2012, when the Japanese government said the Diaoyu Islands were nationalized, the Japanese delegation has visited China again six years apart against the backdrop of improved Sino-Japanese relations.
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