Japan Withholds Fleet Review Invite to S. Korea
Tokyo, Sept. 24 (Jiji Press)--Japan has not invited South Korea to a Maritime Self-Defense Force fleet review planned for Oct. 14 amid soured bilateral relations over history and trade issues, MSDF Chief of Staff Adm. Hiroshi Yamamura said Tuesday.
At a regular press conference, Yamamura also announced the Chinese military's first participation in the event, which is held once in three years in principle.
Yamamura said he sounded out Chinese interest about the event when he attended an international fleet review held by the Chinese navy in April.
The upcoming fleet review at Sagami Bay in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, will also be attended by the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada, India and Singapore.
To review the fleet, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will go aboard the MSDF's largest destroyer Izumo, which will be used for the purpose for the first time.
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