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China says Japan should respect concerns over plan to ease limits on military

Published on Jul 1, 2014 11:50 AM

BEIJING/TOKYO (REUTERS) - China said on Tuesday that Japan should respect the concerns of regional countries, as Japan’s cabinet readied to end a ban that has kept the military from fighting abroad since World War Two.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the comments at a daily news briefing.

Japan's cabinet was poised to end the ban on Tuesday, a major shift away from post-war pacifism and a victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 

The move, seen by some as the biggest shift in defence policy since Japan set up its post-war armed forces exactly 60 years ago, would end a ban on exercising "collective self-defence" or aiding a friendly country under attack.

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