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Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Monday that Japan will continue to keep close tabs on China after its announcement of a double-digit hike in its defense budget in 2012 and urged Beijing to be transparent in revealing the details.

“There are some parts in the breakdown of China’s defense budget that are unclear, and it is desirable to boost the transparency in the defense budget and China’s (overall) defense policies,” Fujimura said.

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