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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on Japanese Diet's Approval of New Security Legislation

2015-09-19

Q: The Upper House of the Japanese Diet approved the new security legislation on September 19. What is China’s comment on that?

A: Due to historical reasons, policy moves taken by Japan in the military and security fields have been closely watched by its Asian neighbors and the international community. The passage of the security legislation by the Japanese Diet is an unprecedented move taken by post-war Japan in the military and security fields. Japan’s recent military buildup and drastic changes to its military and security policies are out of step with the trend of the times featuring peace, development and cooperation, making the international community question whether Japan is going to drop its exclusive defense policy and deviate from the path of peaceful development it has been following after WWII.

We solemnly urge the Japanese side to learn hard lessons from history, pay heed to the call of justice from home and abroad, take seriously the security concerns of its Asian neighbors, stick to the path of peaceful development, act with discretion on military and security issues and do more to promote regional peace and stability, rather than the opposite.

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