China's opaque military spending is a 'concern', says Japan
Published on Mar 5, 2014 12:41 PM
TOKYO (AFP) - China's opaque spending on its huge and growing military is a "concern" for the world community, Japan said on Wednesday, after Beijing revealed another double digit budget hike.
"The transparency of China's defence policy and military capacity, or lack thereof, has become a matter of concern for the international community, including Japan," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.
The comments came after Beijing unveiled a 12.2 per cent rise in its 2014 budget for what is already the world's largest armed forces, as it seeks military clout in line with its new-found economic strength.
They also come after China lashed out at a five per cent rise in Japan's military budget over five years, which was approved late last year by the cabinet of hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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