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China says Nato's plan for Japan office not welcomed in Asia-Pacific

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says the country has no plans to become a Nato member, even though the US-led military pact was planning a Tokyo office, its first in Asia, to facilitate consultations in the region.

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Banners displaying the Nato logo are placed at the entrance of new Nato headquarters during the move to the new building, in Brussels, Belgium April 19, 2018. Photo: Reuters
Banners displaying the Nato logo are placed at the entrance of new Nato headquarters during the move to the new building, in Brussels, Belgium April 19, 2018. Photo: Reuters

The Asia-Pacific region does not welcome Nato's plan to open a liaison office in Japan, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said at a press briefing on Wednesday, after Japan acknowledged Nato's plan.

"We want to say that the Asia-Pacific does not welcome group confrontation, does not welcome military confrontation," Mao said.

She also said Japan should be "extra cautious on the issue of military security" given its "history of aggression".

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said earlier in the day the country had no plans to become a Nato member, even though the US-led military pact was planning a Tokyo office, its first in Asia, to facilitate consultations in the region.

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