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Japan considers resuming collective self-defense

07-07-2012 14:16 BJT

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The Republic of Korea says it is closely watching Japan's move to possibly end a decades-old withdrawal of collective self-defense.

Media reports say a Japanese government panel is proposing to reinterpret its pacifist constitution, to recognise the country's right to exercise collective self-defense. The panel says Japan should have the right to self defense when the country or its allies are under attack.

More than 30 civil groups have protested in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul, saying the proposal is against the constitution of Japan.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin has also expressed China's stance on Japan's plan.

He says Asian neighbours are concerned, due to historical reasons, about the move. He adds that China believes that it's in line with Japan's own fundamental interests as well as conducive to peace, stability and development of the region that Japan adheres to the path of peaceful development.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: CNTV.CN

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