China’s defense minister told the head of Japan’s National Security Council on Friday that Japanese legislation that could see troops sent to fight abroad for the first time since World War Two would “complicate” regional security.
Sino-Japanese ties, long bedeviled by China’s memories of Japan’s wartime aggression and disputed islands in the East China Sea, have improved since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Chinese President Xi Jinping at an Asia-Pacific summit in Beijing in November.
The legislation, pushed through Japan’s lower house of parliament on Thursday, would drop a ban on collective self-defense or fighting to defend a friendly country like the United States. Read more
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