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Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida effectively retracted his remarks over the weekend in which he described China’s military expansion as a “threat” to the region, saying Tuesday that he instead meant to say “concern.”

The remarks, made in a Sunday appearance on NHK, “would not change the view the Japanese government has so far held,” Kishida told a news conference. “Therefore, in my remarks, I meant to say ‘concern,’ not ‘threat.’ “

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