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March 27, 2015
China hits out at Japan over defence spending worries
Beijing (AFP) March 26, 2015
China dismissed Japanese concerns about its defence spending as "ridiculous" on Thursday after Tokyo commissioned its biggest-ever helicopter carrier. Both sides are boosting their military budgets as they grow increasingly wary of each other's ambitions in the Asia-Pacific region, facing off over a maritime territorial dispute and how to interpret Japan's motivations and actions during World War II. Japan is uneasy about what it sees as China's growing assertiveness, including through regular d ... read more

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