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Japan's defense ministry worried over Beijing's South China Sea strategy

TOKYO -- The Chinese government is continuing with coercive measures in the South China Sea and engaging in conduct that could cause unforeseen situations as it clashes with the U.S. and others, according to an outline of Japan's latest Ministry of Defense white paper, which calls Beijing's direction concerning.

     China is building seven artificial islands in the area of the disputed Spratly Islands and has constructed such facilities as an airstrip and a harbor there. The outline takes note of the international community's concerns about the project. It reports that Chinese defense spending has swelled 3.6-fold in the decade since fiscal 2005.

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