30 Mar '15, 5am

China hits out at Japan over defence spending worries

China hits out at Japan over defence spending worries

China dismissed Japanese concerns about its defence spending as “ridiculous” on Thursday after Tokyo commissioned its biggest-ever helicopter carrier. Both sides are boosting their military budgets as they grow increasingly wary of each other’s ambitions in the Asia-Pacific region, facing off over a maritime territorial dispute and how to interpret Japan’s motivations and actions during World War II. Japan is uneasy about what it sees as China’s growing assertiveness, including through regular double-digit increases in its defence spending, and on Wednesday commissioned its biggest warship since World War II, the helicopter carrier Izumo. The 248-metre (810-feet) Japanese-built vessel can carry nine helicopters and is aimed at beefing up Tokyo’s maritime defences in the East China Sea. In 2012, China commissioned its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, and has said its p...

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