Sunday, September 19, 2010

Japan's Foreign Minister Voices Concern On China Defense Spending

Japan's new Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara on Sept. 17 voiced concern over the level of China's defense spending, speaking hours after he was appointed and amid a tense territorial fight with China."It is important to further promote strategic mutually beneficial Japan-China relations," Maehara, considered a security affairs specialist and a hawk on China, said at his first press conference in the post.Japan, along with the United States and Australia, has voiced concern over China's military spending, which has grown in double digits for many years and by 7.5 percent most recently, according to figures Beijing released in March.

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