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UPDATED: 08:11, March 30, 2005
Japan should see China's military expenditure growth "objectively": FM spokesman
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Japan should view the growth of China's military expenditure "objectively" and not "unreasonably" connect the growth with the arms embargo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said in Beijing Tuesday.

Liu made the remarks in response to a question concerning the report issued by the Japanese Defense Agency. The report voiced worries about the two-digits growth of China's military spending in recent years and connected the growth with the country's quest for an early end of the European Union's arms embargo.

The spokesman said Japan shouldn't cast stones. It is a country one twenty-fifth the size of China in terms of territory and 10 percent of its population, but Japan's military spending was 41.5 billion US dollars while China's was 25.6 billion dollars, Liu acknowledged.

The spokesman also said the report's connection of the China's military expenditure growth with EU arms embargo is all the more "without any reasons."

The reason China seeks to lift the ban, noted Liu, is to remove the political discrimination against it.

"Whatever, it had nothing to do with Japan and will not undermine Japan's interests. We hope that the country will adopt a correct attitude on the issue," said Liu.

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