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Japan Defense Report Warns of Chinese Military Buildup

Japan's fourth defense minister in the last year called China's increased activities in the Pacific Ocean an "international concern"

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This year's defense white paper underscores China's rapid military buildup and constant muscle-flexing in the Pacific Ocean as a shared concern of the international community.

"The situation surrounding East Asia has been rapidly changing," Satoshi Morimoto, the fourth defense minister to take office since last year's report, said Tuesday after the white paper was approved by the Cabinet.