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SKorean president warns Japan, China

November 4, 2007

TOKYO (AFP) – South Korea‘s president voiced concern over Japan and China’s military capabilities, warning the pair tense relations between them is a “burden” for his country, a newspaper said Saturday.

“The hostile relationship between Japan and China is a burden for South Korea,” President Roh Moo-Hyun said in an interview with the Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun on Friday in Seoul.

“Both must make efforts to change their relationship of being vigilant towards each other and of expanding their military arsenal. It’s inevitable that they would react sensitively (to one another),” he added.

Beijing is stepping up military spending to acquire new warships, aircraft and missiles capable of reaching beyond its shores. It made an anti-satellite test in January, spooking its neighbours and the US.

Western countries and Japan have urged China to be more transparent ….

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