In rare show of goodwill, China thanks Japanfor plane search aid
BEIJING (Reuters) - China extended a raregesture of goodwill towards Japan on Wednesday, offering thanks - albeitindirectly - for an offer of help to look for a Malaysia Airlines aircraftwhich when missing on a flight to Beijing over the weekend.
China's ties with Japan have long beenpoisoned by what China sees as Japan's failure to atone for its occupation ofparts of China before and during World War Two.
Beijing's anger over the past is never farfrom the surface, and relations have deteriorated sharply over the past 18 orso months because of a bitter dispute over a chain of uninhabited islands inthe East China Sea.
Japan announced officially on Wednesdaythat it would send four military planes to help in the search for the missingMalaysia Airlines plane.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gangsaid he was aware of the news, though did not know if Japanese forces hadalready set off
"I believe that in the face of such anincident, the international community, whether Malaysia, China or neighboringcountries, have a shared concern," Qin told a daily news briefing.