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China slams Japan for plans to host NATO office

Beijing calls on Tokyo to 'draw lessons from history'

Seeing China as a "systemic challenge," NATO is expanding cooperation with Asia-Pacific partners including Japan.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China criticized Japan for plans to host a NATO liaison office in Tokyo, saying the U.S.-led military alliance is interfering in regional affairs and inciting confrontation.

"We urge Japan to draw lessons from history, stay committed to the path of peaceful development, and avoid doing things that could dismantle trust and affect peace and stability in this region," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Friday at a regular briefing in Beijing.

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