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Move to send 'alarming signal' across Asia

By Hu Yinan and Wang Chenyan (China Daily)

13:13, December 30, 2011

BEIJING - Japan's decision to lift its decades-old weapons export ban on Tuesday came as little surprise given its increasingly active stance in regional affairs, according to observers.

The move, which will allow Japanese companies to take part in arms development projects with countries other than the United States, was followed by a $15 billion currency swap deal on Wednesday between Japan and India, the world's largest arms importer.

The two countries are also expected to hold their first joint naval drill next year.

Japan had just concluded its first-ever trilateral defense dialogue with the US and India in Washington last week.

Japanese Foreign Minster Koichiro Gemba called it "a specific example of collaboration", while the Indian embassy in the US said the three countries "share common values and interests across the Asia-Pacific and the globe".

Defending the relaxation of the arms export ban, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura on Tuesday cited shifting "international society experiences" as a rationale for "cooperating with other defense partners" aside from the US.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei, in response, said on the same day that China hopes "Japan will do something useful for the development of regional peace".

Lifting the ban has long been a sensitive issue in Asia, since Japan's war-renouncing Constitution and the self-imposed arms ban that started in 1967 followed its wartime aggression across the Far East.

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Vyshak at 2012-01-04182.72.150.*
So its okay when china arms a rouge country like Pakistan with weapons and fighter jets. But china has a issue when japan sells weapons to india. Hypocricy at its best.
Observer at 2012-01-02203.177.74.*
Like the pot calling the kettle black. "BEIJING // China has agreed to provide Pakistan with 50 more fighter jets in a deal clinched during Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's trip to Beijing, Pakistani defense officials said Friday."
PD User at 2012-01-0280.94.16.*
2012-1-1.US to have full different's ally's.China to be enough one's strong bear.
PD User at 2012-01-01113.231.246.*
If you want a nuclear war with the United States, Let"s get it on. Push your launch button and 10,000 nukes will rain down on you. Go ahead, make my day
PD User at 2012-01-01203.97.220.*
Nothing but US effort to divide Asian countries. Unfortunately, these small countries cant see beyond their nose and I afraid to describe these leaders as very useless. Like Middle East they just kill their own people and all stirred up by foreigners and they cant see it! China has long laid down the strategy for US and these countries making them panic and now they try to spend more money they already do not have in defense. These countries try to band together forget that China is colossal and its resources are almost limitlesswhen come to wars.

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