China says Japan defence report 'irresponsible'
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.