(ECNS) --The moves by the U.S. and Japan exacerbate the momentum of an arms race, affect peace and stability in the region, seriously disrupt global strategic balance and stability and undermine the international order underpinned by international law, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said at a press conference on Monday.
Mao's remarks came after the U.S. approved Japan's request to buy 400 Tomahawk missiles, which was considered part of Tokyo’s bid to bolster its defenses against China.
In recent years, to seek unilateral military advantage, the U.S. has been reinforcing military cooperation with its allies, allowing and supporting Japan to breach commitments under the pacifist constitution and move further down the path of military expansion, the spokesperson said, adding that China is concerned about relevant developments.
For historic reasons, Japan’s military and security moves have been closely watched by its Asian neighbors and the international community, she added.
She further pointed out that the U.S. and Japan need to respect security concerns of Asian countries and be prudent with their words and actions on military and security issues.