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Japan weighs labeling China a 'challenge' in new security strategy

Tokyo explores tougher language to align with U.S., NATO policy documents

A Chinese naval ship makes a port call in the Philippines. Beijing continues to ramp up military spending.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will consider designating China an unprecedented "strategic challenge" in its new National Security Strategy, taking a tougher stance on the country in line with key recent documents from the U.S. and NATO.

The government proposed the language at a Thursday meeting with members of the junior ruling coalition partner Komeito. Japan's current National Security Strategy, compiled in 2013, calls China's "external stance and military activities" an "issue of concern."

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