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A girl waves Chinese and Japanese national flags to welcome the visiting Japanese destroyer Sazanami in Zhanjiang, South China's Guangdong Province June 24, 2008. The Japanese warship will stay for five days after Chinese missile destroyer Shenzhen visited Tokyo in November 2007. [Xinhua]

A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer arrived in Zhangjiang on Tuesday, starting a five-day visit to China.

"Sazanami" with its 240-member crew, is the first Japanese warship to visit China since World War II.

The destroyer with 4,650 standard tonnage, set off from Hiroshima on voyage for a return visit; the Chinese missile destroyer "Shenzhen" docked in Japan late last year.

Lieutenant General Su Shiliang (L), commander of China's South Sea Fleet, gestures while welcoming Major-Gen. Shinichi Tokumaru (R) of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force after the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer arrived in Zhangjiang, south China's Guangdong Province on Tuesday, June 24, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

A welcoming ceremony was held for the ship's arrival in Zhanjiang in the southern Guangdong Province, along with a transfer ceremony marking the delivery of quake aid from the Japanese Defense Ministry and Self Defense Forces.

The materials, including food, blankets, hygiene masks, disinfectant and other items, will be unloaded by Wednesday and then travel to the quake zone by train.

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