09 August 2017

News Story: Japan's defense white paper for 2017 once again muds China's normal maritime activities

TOKYO, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Japan's cabinet approved a defense white paper for 2017 on Tuesday, which, while summarizing Japan's defense policy changes, once again devoted a large part to mudding China's normal maritime activities to justify Japan's own militarization.

In the over-560-page white paper, Japan devoted 34 pages to making irresponsible remarks on China's national defense system and mudding China's normal and justified maritime activities in the East and South China Seas as "attempts to change the status quo by coercion."

Analysts here believed that by playing up the so-called China threat, the Abe administration is attempting to make excuses for its constant expansion of Japan's military power.

In the white paper, Japan specified its defense policies and changes in defense strategy since last July, including the progress it made in building up its defense power, its ever-rising military expenses, and its signing of cooperation contracts with multiple countries on exports of arms and technology.

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