China and South Korea on Tuesday expressed "strong dissatisfaction" with Japan's latest defense white paper, issued earlier in the day, which highlighted concern over the Chinese military's muscle-flexing in the East and South China seas.

In a statement, China's Defense Ministry said the Japanese report was "full of malice against the Chinese military," which is being built up to meet China's "legitimate" defense needs, and was aimed at "deceiving the international community" as to China's intentions.

In Seoul, the South Korean government summoned Japan's envoy and lodged a protest against the white paper, which stated that Takeshima is Japanese territory. South Korea also claims Takeshima, which it calls Dokdo.