NHK said the visit was part of an exchange of visits between the Japanese Sea and Chinese naval vessels agreed by the Japanese and Japanese leaders during their talks in October 2018.
April 23 is the Army Building Day of the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Navy, and 2019 is the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Peoples Navy. If Murakawa is able to make this trip, he will be the first maritime chief of staff to visit China in five years.
Current Chief of Japans Maritime Staff, Kawabata Kawabata, from Japanese media
In April 2014, then Japans chief of staff at sea, Kejun Hirano, visited Qingdao, but China rejected his request to hold talks with Wu Shengli, then commander of the Chinese Navy.
According to NHK, in addition to the chief of staff at sea, the Sea of Japan will send a frigate (unlike other countries, the term frigate is currently equivalent to warship in Japanese and can refer to all large and medium surface combat vessels) to participate in the 70th anniversary of the PLA Navy. This will be the first Japanese naval vessel to visit China since the USS Fog Rain destroyer visited Qingdao Port in 2011.
Mist Rain, the latest Japanese naval vessel to visit China, pictures from Japanese media
Earlier, several Japanese media reported that the Ministry of Defense of Japan had invited many countries, including China, to participate in the self-defense force naval parade held in October this year. If so, it will be the first time that the Chinese navy has participated in the naval reading of Haizi.
Japanese media said the high-level visit was conducive to creating a harmonious atmosphere and promoting the establishment of a sea-air liaison mechanism to avoid conflicts between China and Japan at sea.
Source: Responsible Editor of Observer Network: Li Hang_BJS 4645