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China's military expansion is 'opaque': Australia defense minister

Marles warns buildup is the biggest since WWII; concerned about Solomon deal

Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles speaks to Nikkei Asia in Tokyo on June 14. (Photo by Manami Yamada)

TOKYO -- China's rapid military buildup is the biggest in nearly eight decades and lacks transparency, Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles warned Tuesday in an interview with Nikkei Asia.

"It is opaque," Marles said in Tokyo. It is "the biggest military buildup that we've seen since the end of the Second World War. We encourage China, but we encourage every country to be transparent so that reassurance can be provided to our neighbors," Marles said.

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