Japanese Navy Cadets to be Trained on a PLA Navy Ship

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  1. Koji

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    Since the current economic downturn, the trilateral relations between China, South Korea and Japan has improved steadily. They are now pushing forward with their own regional cooperation agendas. First, there was the joint development of undersea resources in the disputed zones between China and Japan, (here) then the study of the "East Asian Community" concept (here), and now the Trilateral Summit on DPRK relations. (here)

    Historical and regional geopolitics will prevent a formation of an Asia EU as suggested by the new Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. However, that region is also home to 16% of the world’s GDP, thus any attempt to further cooperation should not be viewed as a zero sum game. The PLAN's visit to Korea and Japan and the associated training exchange can be viewed as an example of this regional cooperation. Hopefully, the diehard nationalists from all sides will understand.

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    Chinese navy vessel sets sail for ROK, Japan
    Chinese navy vessel sets sail for ROK, Japan_English_Xinhua

    English_Xinhua 2009-10-26 20:42:20

    DALIAN, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- The "Zhenghe" training vessel of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy left Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Monday for visits to the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan.

    At the invitation of the ROK's navy and Japan's maritime self-defense force, the vessel is scheduled to visit the ROK's port of Chinhae and Japan's port of Kure from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, and Nov. 5 to 9 respectively, according to the schedule.

    Two cadets from an institute under Japan's maritime self-defence force were on board the vessel to receive training with their Chinese counterparts, said Rear-Admiral Liu Yi, the PLA Navy's deputy chief of staff, who will lead the vessel.

    This was the first time for foreign cadets to take part in the whole course of navigation training on a Chinese navy vessel, according to Liu.

    Of nearly 370 people on board the vessel, 230, including 16 female, are cadets from four academies under the PLA Navy. They will have a variety of professional exchanges with their ROK and Japanese counterparts respectively, according to Liu.

    During the visits, four Chinese navy students will get the opportunity to receive training in academies of the ROK's navy and Japan's maritime self-defense force for two or three days, he said.

    The visiting ship "Zhenghe" was named after a Chinese maritime explorer who sailed overseas about 600 years ago. Dubbed "a mobile college on the sea", the vessel was put into service 22 years ago and had sailed for a total of more than 280,000 nautical miles.
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    Rage DFI TEAM Stars and Ambassadors

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    This, is significant:


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  5. Koji

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    Nevertheless, it would've never had happened under our previous leadership. Now, there's more good feelings going around!
     
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    Rage DFI TEAM Stars and Ambassadors

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    Leaderships change. Springs come, snows melt....and snows always melt. Your people will never forget the 35 million killed, raped or maimed, the victims subjected to vivisection without anesthesia, the men amputated on beaches until only a head and torso remained, the infants mutilated with bamboo shoots or the hundreds of thousands used as guinea pigs for biological warfare. These things are never forgotten, nor is the training of "two cadets" from the Japan maritime self-defense force in the face of improving relations under a Japanese government that temporally favors ameliorated ties with China, and that is not expected to retain power for long, bankrupt those propensities. You might want to read this excellent analysis by STRATFOR on the particular dynamics of Japanese politics for a change:

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    Our current government has already criticized the Yasukuni War Shrine visits by the previous government, and the Chinese people have accepted this. We have adopted a very apologetic stance. The Jews have forgiven the Germans and they're on decent terms now. The same will be true of Japan and China.
     
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    Not likely. I'll believe it when I see the DPJ in a second straight term in office. Already they're facing tremendous difficulties with the lower house of Parliament and the BoJ.


    The Jew-Nazi analogy is fallacious: it is not synonymous simply because the US facilitated flowering Israelo-German ties. In your case, the United States acts as a preventor, one with tremendous clout in the region and that is not going to disappear soon. Already the DPJ is backtracking on its rhetoric of limiting the size and scale of the US military presence in Japan. See:

    Japan to craft new US base plan by year-end - media
     
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    It is important for Japan to train with China.

    It will help her to understand Chinese Naval tactics and one must know the tactics of a neighbouring country since that can help at a later time.
     
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    To send 2 navy personnel to train is just a good will gesture and to foster better relations between the two military branches. It won't give us any inside information on how the Chinese Navy will fight like you suggest.
     
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    Even though we don't like each other now, but the reality is we have to live together in the asea.

    I think both sides need to make effort. Chinese need to understand the japanese culture while japanese need to respect the feeling of chinese war memory. We need to build trust between each other even though it will take several decades.
     

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