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Japan should seriously reflect on its history of aggression and exercise restraint and prudence in military and security fields so as not to further betray the trust of its Asian neighbors and the international community, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Tuesday.
The Japanese government last Friday adopted a record defense budget of 6.82 trillion yen (about $51.2 billion) for the fiscal year 2023, a 26.3-percent increase over the current budget of 5.4 trillion yen (about $40.6 billion).
China is concerned about the significant increase in Japan’s defense budget, the spokesperson said.
The Japanese side inflates tensions in the region in order to seek a breakthrough in its own military power, which is a dangerous move that makes its Asian neighbors and the international community strongly question whether Japan is sincere in its adherence to exclusive defense and its commitment to the path of peaceful development, he said.
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