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Foreign Minister Taro Aso on Sunday called China a military threat and Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe rebuffed conciliatory gestures by Beijing over Yasukuni Shrine in comments likely to heighten tensions between the two nations.

Speaking on a Fuji TV talk show, Aso — who has already riled China in recent months with a series of critical comments — rapped what he said was rapid growth and lack of transparency in China’s military spending.

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