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Japan slams China's 'coercive' land reclamation bid

Iran Press TV

Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:6AM

Japan has censured China over what it called "coercive" attempts to reclaim land in the South China amid a growing maritime dispute between Tokyo and Beijing.

The Japanese government in a defense report entitled "Defense of Japan 2015" accused China of acting "unilaterally and without compromise."

"China, particularly over maritime issues, continues to act in an assertive manner, including coercive attempts at changing the status quo, and is poised to fulfill its unilateral demands without compromise," read the report, which is an annual summary of Japan's official view on defense matters and was released on Tuesday.

Tokyo further claimed that Beijing raises concerns in the international community.

The condemnation comes against the backdrop of sour relations between China and Japan over a territorial dispute on a group of uninhabited yet strategically-important islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China.

China also claims South China Sea almost in its entirety and is involved in a series of disputes with several countries over the issue. Beijing is allegedly engaged in a program of artificial island construction in the region.

Japan, meanwhile, added that China has probably launched efforts for offshore drilling for gas in the disputed waters.

"Japan has repeatedly lodged protests against China's unilateral development and demanded the termination of such works," the defense report further read.

Chinese concerns

Earlier this month, Beijing warned Japan over the consequences of bills passed by its lower house of parliament, allowing the deployment of combat troops abroad for the first time since World War II.

Calling on Tokyo not to jeopardize China's sovereignty and security, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying further stated on July 16 that Beijing solemnly urges Tokyo to avoid "crippling regional peace and security" in East Asia.

Japanese forces launched a full-fledged occupation of China in 1937 and the wartime history between the two countries still plays a major role in their relations.

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