China’s Ministry of National Defense said on Thursday that Japan has exaggerated the so-called “external threats” and increased its defense budget substantially in recent years. This tendency to return to the path of militarization is “very dangerous.”
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Tan Kefei, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of National Defense, said at a news conference that Japan should be cautious in its words and deeds on military security issues and stop doing things that harm regional peace and stability.
Japan, which renounced war in 1947, last year unveiled a five-year, $315 billion military expansion plan to deter Beijing from using force in the East China Sea amid growing concerns that a Russian attack on Ukraine could fuel China’s invade Taiwan.