China Says Concerned by Japan’s Move to Boost Military

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second left, and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, third left, review an honor guard at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo Jan. 20, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second left, and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, third left, review an honor guard at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo Jan. 20, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

BEIJING — China expressed concern on Monday after Japan unveiled plans to boost the number of its military personnel, as a bitter territorial dispute between the two countries drags on.

Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Sunday the government would increase the number of personnel, now standing at about 225,000, by 287 in the next fiscal year starting in April, the biggest rise in two decades. The figure represents an expansion of about 0.1 percent.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Japan should pay greater attention to regional concerns, alluding to Japan’s at times brutal behavior during World War Two which China considers Japan has not done enough to atone for.

“Due to historical reasons, Japan’s neighboring countries pay great attention to its military developments,” Hong told a daily news briefing.

“We hope that Japan pursues a path of peaceful development, respects the concerns of countries in the region, take history as a mirror and does more to benefit regional peace and stability,” he added.

China and Japan are engaged in an increasingly hostile dispute over a group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.

Both sides sought to cool tension last week, with Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping telling an envoy from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he was committed to developing bilateral ties.

China’s own military advances have rattled the region, including developing stealth fighters and launching the country’s first aircraft carrier.

On Sunday, the government said it had again tested emerging military technology aimed at destroying missiles in mid-air.


4 Responses to China Says Concerned by Japan’s Move to Boost Military

  1. Shouldn’t pull the tiger’s tail in the first place. Money alone cannot buy everything.

  2. Oh please, they are concerned that there might be a country on their doorstep they can’t just trample all over whenever they like, they don’t like the fact that Japan has much better quality than their quantity.

    • Absolutely. China is now trying to bully all of us. Flying their jet fighters over the coastal areas of Japan but complaining when Japan is trying add up a few hundreds of soldiers into the Defense Department. Is it a big deal for China? Down with communism, China.

  3. It is easy to get overconfident and plunge into expensive mistake. China, with global resistence toward their exploitation of natural resources from many places, will come to a screeching halt

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