24 August 2017

News Story: China accuses Japan of devising excuses for increasing defense budget

BEIJING, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- China Wednesday urged Japan to take the security concerns of its Asian neighbors seriously and act prudently in military and security fields.

It has been reported by Japanese news service Kyodo, that the Defense Ministry plans to seek a record-high budget of 5.26 trillion yen (48.1 billion U.S. dollars) for the 2018 fiscal year as the country seeks to strengthen its missile defense capabilities in the face of growing missile threats from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), as well as China's increasing maritime activities.

"We are aware of the reports and are concerned about this," said Hua Chunying, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In recent years, Japan has been exaggerating the "China threat" to find or devise excuses for its increase in military weaponry and defense budget, Hua said.

China should be on high alert to Japan's moves and its real motives, the spokesperson said.

The international community, especially Japan's Asian neighbors, has closely followed the country's military moves, she said.

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