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Government to express concern about South China Sea at Nuclear Security Summit

  • 2016-02-26 15:00:00
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(Asahi: February, 26, 2016 – p. 4)

 

 The government has decided to express concern about China’s military buildup in the South China Sea at bilateral top-level meetings on the sidelines of the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit scheduled for the end of March in Washington, D.C. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to attend the event. “We are preparing to address the matter as an important topic,” said a foreign ministry official at a Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) meeting on Feb. 25.

 

 China has deployed surface-to-air missiles on the Paracel Islands and is constructing high-performance radar facilities on the Spratly Islands. “The situation has entered a new phase and we are seriously concerned about it,” said one of the LDP lawmakers at the meeting. Other LDP members also voiced concern, with one saying, “The development could restrict U.S. military actions, which would have a grave impact on Japan’s security.”

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