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Japan's Abe says China's prosperity rests on trust, not tensions

Published on Jan 27, 2014 6:30 AM
 
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right), Japan's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso (centre) and Japan's Economics Minister Akira Amari sit at the lower house of the parliament in Tokyo on Jan 24, 2014. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said China's continued economic growth will require building trust, not tensions, with other countries, according to an interview broadcast on Sunday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said China's continued economic growth will require building trust, not tensions, with other countries, according to an interview broadcast on Sunday.

A steady Chinese military buildup over the last 20 years is a serious concern for countries in the region, Mr Abe said in a CNN interview from Davos, Switzerland, where tensions between Tokyo and Beijing were on display at the World Economic Forum last week.

"For China to continue to enjoy economic prosperity, it needs to foster trusting international relationships, not tensions," Mr Abe said on the "Fareed Zakaria GPS" programme. "And it is important for China to understand this."

"Military expansion will contribute nothing to China's future, its economic growth or prosperity."

 
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