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China says Japan defence report 'irresponsible'

Published on Aug 1, 2012 3:30 PM
This picture taken on July 30, 2012 shows Chinese troops on the move during a joint military training exercise, codenamed "Miao 12" held in Kaili, southwest China's Guizhou province. The shifting relationship between China's one-party government and the military is a "risk management issue" for Japan, Tokyo warned in its annual defence report. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - Beijing has dismissed concerns raised in a Japanese government report over China's military activity as "groundless" and "irresponsible", adding it had raised formal objections with Tokyo.

China's foreign ministry was responding to Japan's annual defence white paper, released on Tuesday, which warned of a "lack of transparency" in Beijing's military strategy and described its response to disputes with neighbours as "assertive".

"China strongly opposes the groundless criticism on China's normal national defence development and military activities, and the irresponsible remarks on China's internal affairs," ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a statement late Tuesday.

China has already made "solemn representations" with Japan, he added.

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