Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang recently commented that, as a bilateral arrangement, the US-Japan Alliance should not have activities exceeding the scope of the two countries, and especially should not aim at third countries. The Japanese Prime Minister suggested on June 22 that the U.S. military presence in Japan has a significant deterrence function. He also expressed his serious concern about China’s growing military capabilities. When spokesman Qin Gang was asked for his opinion on the Prime Minister’s comments, he declared China’s refusal to accept any “deterrence” from any country.
Source: Xinhua, June 24, 2010