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New national security strategy for Japan

Published: Tuesday December 17, 2013 | 4:54 pm Comments 0

Japan's cabinet has approved a new national security strategy and increased defence spending in a move widely seen as aimed at China.

Reports say that over the next five years, Japan will buy hardware including drones, stealth aircraft and amphibious vehicles.

The military will also build a new marine unit, an amphibious force capable of retaking islands.

The move comes with Tokyo embroiled in a bitter row with Beijing over East China Sea islands that both claim.

It is also thought to reflect concern over China's growing assertiveness over its territorial claims and Beijing's mounting defence spending.

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