China accuses Japan of exaggerating it as a military threat

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  1. SHASH2K2

    SHASH2K2 New Member

    May 10, 2010
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    Bihar, BanGalore , India
    China accuses Japan of exaggerating it as a military threat

    BEIJING: China on Thursday accused Japan of deliberately exaggerating Beijing's military threat, underlining the suspicion with which Asia's two biggest economies view each other.

    The accusation follows a defence white paper earlier this week in which Japan warned that China's naval forces were likely to increase activities around its waters. The two countries have long bickered over ownership of parts of the East China Sea, with the latest flare-up late last year.

    China's foreign and defence ministries both rounded on the Japan's latest defence report, which laid out worries about China's military modernisation and expanding maritime reach.

    China is close to launching its first aircraft carrier, a refitted former Soviet vessel, and sources told Reuters it was building two more.

    Foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu obliquely warned Tokyo not to stray from its longstanding defence posture and, in comments on the ministry website, criticised "irresponsible comments" in the white paper.

    In a clear reference to Japan's military occupation of China before and during World War Two, which remains a thorn in relations, Ma said: "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."

    Defence ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said Japan was deliberately exaggerating the 'China threat' and acting out of ulterior motives, according to the ministry's website.

    A Japanese defence ministry spokesman dismissed the charges. "China's assertion that (white paper) contains irresponsible comments is off the mark," he said.

    China's defence budget has shot up nearly 70 percent over the past five years, while Japan -- tied by a public debt twice the size of its $5 trillion economy -- has cut its military outlays by 3 percent over the same period, the Japanese report said.

    The Japanese white paper expressed concerns over China's rapid military buildup, the murkiness of its defence budget, and its assertiveness in dealing with international conflicts.

    A commentary in Xinhua said Japan was intentionally creating tension.

    "(Japan is) beset by a long-standing Cold War mentality, and is trapped in the myth of the Japanese-American alliance ... (it) has a powerful impulse to shed the constraints of the purely self-defence policy advocated in its post-war peace constitution."
  3. Tshering22

    Tshering22 Sikkimese Saber Senior Member

    Aug 20, 2010
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    Time to extent defense cooperation with the Japanese. As usual CCP only lies. They depend on creating external enemies so that their internal dissent is distracted. Typical of Communist/mulla governments. No matter how many world class structures they make, they still are not able to convince their people and mind their own business.

    It is time we get a new government and start military cooperation with Japan and South Korea seriously. We're an independent power and very much in our rights to conduct unilateral military relationship with these countries. Include Vietnam in this as well.

    CCP (NOT Chinese people) is a threat to our countries and it has shown that many times.
  4. Thai

    Thai Regular Member

    Oct 14, 2009
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    It's not any exaggeration ! When China have not yet finished its first aircraft carrier then it declare the intention to build more three one !!!! Chinese diplomatic side and the reality are always the two side opposite . It's defence budget never having the true transparency. People can understand with what Japan concerns , off course .

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