Taro Kono, Japan's Defence Minister, speaks at the Doha Forum in Qatar. Photo: AFP
Taro Kono, Japan's Defence Minister, speaks at the Doha Forum in Qatar. Photo: AFP

Japan’s defence chief hits out at Beijing on South China Sea, military build-up

  • Taro Kono, seen as a potential successor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, made the remarks days ahead of a meeting with Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe
  • His comments serve as a reminder for Beijing to play by the international rules even as ties with Tokyo warm, according to one analyst

Taro Kono, Japan's Defence Minister, speaks at the Doha Forum in Qatar. Photo: AFP
Taro Kono, Japan's Defence Minister, speaks at the Doha Forum in Qatar. Photo: AFP
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