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China's opaque military spending is a 'concern', says Japan

Published on Mar 5, 2014 12:41 PM
 
A military delegate from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) looks back as he and others arrive at the Great Hall of the People for a plenary meeting of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's parliament, in Beijing on March 4, 2014. China's opaque spending on its huge and growing military is a concern for the world community, Japan said on March 5, 2014, after Beijing revealed another double digit budget hike. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

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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