Self Defense

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer hoisting Rising Sun flag in Qingdao

中국제관함식 참석 日호위함 욱일기 달고 칭다오 입항

A ship from Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force … that’s flying the Rising Sun flag … has actually shown up at Qingdao Port to join a multinational event celebrating the 70th beginning anniversary of China’s Navy.
This is the initial visit of a Japanese Navy ship to China since 2011.
Japan’s Kyodo News Agency described the destroyer’s see is focused on developing trust fund in between the two nations by helping with reciprocal protection exchanges.
Tokyo declined to participate in the International Fleet Review held in South Korea’s resort island of Jeju last year, … adhering to Seoul’s demand not to hoist the Rising Sun flag, … which is viewed by the Korean public as a symbol of Japan’s imperialistic past.

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