The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on July 22 that it had lodged stern representations to Japan over its smearing of China in the newly-released annual defense white paper.
In the paper issued on July 22, Japan identifies China as one of its main security concerns and claims that there is “a lack of transparency” in China’s military trends.
The document vilifies China’s defense policy, normal military development, and legitimate maritime activities, playing up the so-called “China threat” and interfering in China’s internal affairs on the Taiwan question, said Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
On Friday, the Chinese Embassy in Japan also rejected the accusations in the document.
Japan, U.S. conduct joint exercises involving 52 aircraft
Nikkei – Jul 14
Japan conducted large-scale joint exercises with the United States over nearby waters earlier this month involving a total of 52 aircraft, the Air Self-Defense Force said Thursday, amid intensifying maritime activities by China and Russia in the region.
Japan unlikely to ask people to curb activities despite COVID spike
Kyodo – Jul 14
The minister in charge of Japan’s COVID-19 response said Thursday the government does not expect to ask people to curb social and economic activities again even as the country faces a seventh wave of infections in recent weeks fueled by the highly-transmissible BA.5 Omicron subvariant.
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