China unhappy with Japanese PM's remarks on US military base
Beijing: China on Thursday objected to Japanese
Prime Minister Naoto Kan's remarks that US military presence
in his country is an important deterrent to China, saying the
Washington-Tokyo alliance should not target a third country.
Kan had made the remarks during a debate session with
leaders of other parties Tuesday, when responding to questions
on the Japan-US alliance.
He had also said that he was "paying great attention
to China's burgeoning military power and thinking that we must
watch out for it".
Voicing concern over the remarks, China said it
believes in sticking to the path of peaceful development.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a
news briefing here that the Tokyo-Washington alliance, as a
bilateral arrangement, should not exceed its bilateral scope
and should not target any third country.
"China is a country that sticks to the path of
peaceful development. It does not pose a threat to any other
nation, and accepts no 'deterrent' from other countries," Qin