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China media slam Japan's move to expand military role

Published on Jul 2, 2014 12:06 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - China's state-run media launched a broadside on Wednesday against Japan's move to loosen the bonds on its powerful military, casting it as a threat to Asian security.

The harsh criticism came one day after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his cabinet had formally endorsed a reinterpretation of a constitutional clause banning the use of armed force except in very narrowly-defined circumstances.

"The Japanese government is eager to break through the post-war system," wrote the ruling Communist Party's flagship People's Daily newspaper in an editorial penned under the name "Zhong Sheng", a homophone for "Voice of China". It called the Abe government's move "a dangerous signal, as well as a wake-up call".

In a commentary late Tuesday, China's official Xinhua news agency challenged Tokyo with a question: "Is China on your military agenda?"

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