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Japan's Navy Comes to China
    2008-06-25 10:59:44     CRIENGLISH.com

Japan's navy has docked here in China. The Japanese navy destroyer "Sazanami" has made port in Zhanjiang in Guangdong where it will remain until Saturday. The 240 officers and soldiers on board are expected to take part in sports and cultural exchanges and the ship will be opened to visitors. This visit by the Japanese navy is a reciprocal visit, following last year's port of call by a Chinese navy vessel in Japan. On both sides of the East China Sea, this naval visit is being hailed as the latest step in the effort to strengthen the Sino-Japanese relationship. So what impact will this visit have on the overall dynamic between the two countries? And what is the current status of both the political and economic relationship?

A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer arrived in Zhangjiang, south China's Guangdong Province on Tuesday, starting a five-day visit to China. The destroyer, Sazanami, carrying 240 Japanese officers, is the first Japanese warship to visit China since World War II. [Photo: Xinhua]

Ni hao, you're listening to People In the Know, your window into the world around you, online at crienglish.com here on China Radio International. In this edition of the show, we'll be reviewing the Sino-Japanese relationship. So let's get started.

First, we'll talk about the Japanese naval visit from the Chinese perspective. Professor Zhang Yunling is the Director of the Institute for International Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

(Dialogue with Zhang)

And after a short break, we'll get the Japanese perspective.

Ni hao, you're listening to People In the Know, your window into the world around you, online at crienglish.com here on China Radio International. I'm Paul James in Beijing. In this edition of the show we're discussing the Sino-Japanese relationship given that a Japanese navy destroyer is now visiting southern China's Guangdong Province. For more on this we're joined on the line now by Mr. Akio Takahara, Professor of Contemporary Chinese Politics at the Graduate School of Law and Politics with the University of Tokyo.

(Dialogue with Takahara)

And with that we close out this edition of People In the Know, your window into the world around you, online at crienglish.com here on China Radio International.  Though there have been waves in the relationship, the visit of the Japanese navy to China is a solid sign that the waters are rapidly becoming a lot more calm. Questions or comments for us can be sent to crieng@crifm.com. For Executive Director Zhao Yang and Producer Yang Jingjie, I'm Paul James in Beijing. We'll talk to you tomorrow. 

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