Japan not to send military aircraft to China

Japan said Friday it had decided not to send military aircraft to deliver aid to Chinese earthquake survivors amid concern their first mission there since World War II would create resentment.

Japan not to send military aircraft to China

Japan plans instead to charter a commercial flight to fly across tents and other relief supplies, top government spokesman Nobutaka Machimura said.

'Currently we have no plan to use aircraft of the Self-Defence Force,' he told reporters, noting there had been some concerns in China about the use of Japanese military planes.

'This is not something that should be done if it creates friction,' added Machimura, the chief cabinet secretary.

Japan had said Wednesday it was considering sending its first military air mission to China since WWII ended in 1945, in response to a request by Beijing for aid for quake survivors.

Many Chinese are still deeply resentful of Japan's wartime aggression, but the leaders of the two countries have been working to repair ties.

'The country (China) has different memories of Japan than it does of other nations,' Defence Minister Shigeru Ishiba told a separate news conference.

'We have to continue making every effort in an honest way to establish firm relations of trust,' Ishiba said.

Japan has promised 4.8 million dollars in emergency assistance to victims and has also sent rescue and medical workers to the quake zone.

The quake, which struck southwest China's Sichuan province, has killed more than 68,000 people and displaced 15 million others.

Japan, which has been officially pacifist since the war, says it told China it was ready to provide as much relief as possible.

Reuters

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