• Kyodo News


The Maritime Self-Defense Force’s highest-ranking officer will visit China for the first time next week to meet his counterpart in the People’s Liberation Army Navy, the MSDF said Tuesday.

MSDF Chief of Staff Adm. Keiji Akahoshi will talk with Chinese naval chief Wu Shengli and other senior officials about the security environment in East Asia, antipiracy operations off Somalia and China’s reported plans to build an aircraft carrier.

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