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Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 22:59

China firmly opposes Japan's defense white paper

By Xinhua

BEIJING/HANGZHOU - Chinese Defense Ministry on Tuesday expressed strong opposition to Japan's defense white paper for 2016, calling the annual document hostile to the Chinese military and deceptive to the international community.

"The white paper issued on August 2, full of hackneyed expressions, distorts China's justified and reasonable defense construction and heightens issues in the South China Sea and the East China Sea," said Defense Ministry spokesperson Wu Qian in a statement.

"Filled with hostilities to the Chinese military, it stirs up trouble between China and its neighbors, and deceives the international community, " Wu said.

He said the Chinese military has lodged solemn representations with Japan over the white paper.

In the 480-page white paper, Japan devoted some 30 pages to remarks on China's national defense and normal, legal maritime activities in the East and South China seas.

China firmly opposes Japan's defense white paper
Chinese Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan (center ) gestures during his meeting with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (not pictured) at the Chinese Defense Ministry headquarters in Beijing on April 8, 2014. ( AFP PHOTO / POOL / Alex Wong)
Meanwhile, Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan warned of offshore security threats and called for substantial preparation for a "people's war at sea" to safeguard sovereignty.

Chang was speaking during an inspection of national defense work in coastal regions of East China's Zhejiang province.

He called for recognition of the seriousness of the national security situation, especially the threat from the sea.

Chang said the military, police and people should prepare for mobilization to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity. He also asked to promote national defense education among the public.

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