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
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

Topic |   China-Japan relations
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
Taro Kono, Japan's Defence Minister, speaks at the Doha Forum in Qatar. Photo: AFP
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