China puts pressure on Japan, sends navy fleet to North Korea

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    BEIJING: China has put Japan under immense pressure by sending a navy fleet to neighboring North Korea, and accusing Tokyo of issuing misleading statement about Beijing's military threat.

    The fleet includes a missile frigate " Luoyang", which landed in Wanson in Democratic People's Republic of Korea or North Korea on Thursday. It also includes a training ship. Tokyo has for long been worried about close military relationship between China and North Korea.

    The move came immediately after Japan warned that China's naval forces were likely to increase activities around its waters. The two countries have been involved in bickering over ownership of parts of the East China Sea.

    Tokyo's issued a white paper discussing military threat posed by an increasingly aggressive China. Tokyo is particularly worried because China is close to launching its first aircraft carrier, which might be put afloat in seas close to Japan.

    The white paper said China's defense budget has shot up nearly 70 per cent over the past five years, while Japan has cut its military outlays by 3 per cent over the same period.

    The white paper drew a warning from Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu, who said Japan should not to stray from its longstanding defence posture. He also indicated that Beijing continues to be sore about Japan's military occupation of China before and during World War II.

    "We hope that Japan will use history as a guide, and earnestly reflect on its defence policies, and do more to enhance mutual trust with its neighbours," the spokesman said.

    The ministry's website, criticized Tokyo for "irresponsible comments" in the white paper.

    China puts pressure on Japan, sends navy fleet to North Korea - The Times of India

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