Top China officer makes historic visit to Tokyo

China’s top military official made a first-ever official visit to Tokyo, holding talks with his Japanese counterpart Monday and pledging to further promote bilateral defense exchanges.

A top Chinese uniformed officer made an unofficial visit to Tokyo in 1986.

Fu Quanyou, chief of the General Staff Headquarters of the People’s Liberation Army, and Yuji Fujinawa, chairman of the Self-Defense Forces’ Joint Staff Council, agreed the meeting was historically significant, Defense Agency officials said.

The two defense chiefs also said that defense exchanges between the two countries will contribute to the stability of the Asia-Pacific region, the officials said.

At the meeting, Fu invited Fujinawa to visit China in his official capacity, the officials said, adding that the timing of any such visit has yet to be decided.

Fu also said it is important for Japan to remember the past and keep the Japan-U.S. security alliance within the scope of the two country’s security needs.

They also exchanged opinions on China-Taiwan relations and the situation surrounding North Korea, according to the officials.

Fu met separately with Defense Agency chief Tsutomu Kawara and Vice Defense Minister Ken Sato, at the agency office, the officials said.