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The tensions between China and Japan have been mounting for years, and these have intensified since the election of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in December 2012. The two countries have been constantly quarelling over the sovereignty of several islands of rather symbolic than real strategic significance.
Now the confrontation has turned into comparisons regarding the military forces of both countries. Tired of its military development coming under intense scrutiny by the United States and its allies in the Asia-Pacific region, the Chinese government has started specific media efforts aiming at "identifying the real intentions" behind Japan's "re-militarization" and proving China has been the victim of double standards as a result.
For instance, the launching of the DDH183 "Izumo", the biggest warship of Japanese Maritime Self-defense Force (MSDF), held at the port of Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, on August 6, "has raised worldwide concerns," said a news release published on the Chinese Defense Ministry's website.
Though restricted in owning aircraft carrier since 1945, Japan has refused to admit this warship is not a destroyer but a "real aircraft carrier," it further said. According to China, Japan's military has been increasing in power. Why is there no US report on this? China asked somehow.
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