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Japan: China’s military intentions “unclear”

Japan said that China’s military intentions are unclear, and that “the rapid expansion of its armed forces is of grave concern.”
“China is strengthening its military capabilities very quickly and we are not confident in its intentions,” Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi told the European Parliament’s Security and Defense Subcommittee.
“China’s ballistic missiles, its decision to quadruple its defense budget, and the militarization of islands in the South China Sea all need close monitoring in order to maintain peace,” Kishi told MEPs.
Last Monday, NATO leaders said for the first time that “China’s rise reveals systemic challenges,” while China’s mission to the European Union criticized NATO and confirmed that it was “committed to a defense policy of a defensive nature.”

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