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China criticises Japan's military spending boost

China criticises Japan's military spending boost

Updated 9 January 2013, 22:48 AEDT

Japan has increased military spending for the first time in more than decade - saying it'll put more than $US2 billion dollars into missiles, fighter jets and helicopters, to beef up security around disputed islands in the East China Sea.

It comes on top of the year's regular military expenditure.

Not surprisingly, China has called the decision 'provocative', and it's cast a fresh cloud over relations between Japan's new prime minister Shinzo Abe, and China's incoming president Xi Jinping, who takes office in just two months time.

Presenter: Tom Fayle

Speakers: Dr Ruan Zongze, vice president of the Chinese Institute of International Studies, the official think tank of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dr Denny Roy, East West Centre, Hawaii

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