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Japan issues new defense white paper, makes excuses for military expansion: expert

2017-08-09 09:10:31       source:Global Times

August 8, 2017

Japan hypes the China's threat, especially in the East and South China Seas, in its 2017 defense white paper to show its willingness to cooperate with the US to contain China, shift its domestic political crisis and make excuses for Japan's constant military expansion, Chinese experts said.

Japan's cabinet approved the 2017 defense white paper on Tuesday, which devotes 34 pages to China's maritime activities in the East and South China Seas, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

The white paper pointed out that the number of aerial scrambles Japan made  against Chinese aircraft hit a record high up to March 2017. "There is a possibility that their naval and air activities will pick up in the Sea of Japan from now on …We need to keep a close eye on the Chinese naval force's activities," the white paper said.

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