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China says it's worried by Japan's arms exports ban revision

Published on Feb 25, 2014 5:23 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's Foreign Ministry expressed concern on Tuesday about Japan's drafting of new guidelines that would reverse a decades-old ban on weapons exports, saying it was a worrying part of Tokyo's swing to the right.

A source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Sunday that Japan had drafted the new guidelines, a move likely to further strain ties with China and South Korea.

Tokyo has been reviewing the self-imposed export ban under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new security strategy, aimed at bolstering the self-reliance of the military.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Japan had to address the concerns of its neighbours about the move.

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