"The content of the Japanese government's document regarding China again repeats old [content]. There are irresponsible remarks about the normal military development of China, inappropriate criticism, incitement of the so-called Chinese threat … The Chinese side expresses its extreme discontent and strong protest, and we have already made a harsh representation to Japan," the ministry’s spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said at a briefing.
Japan’s actions are not going to improve relations with China, and are jeopardizing regional stability, the spokeswoman noted.
The comments come after earlier in the day, the Japanese government approved the national defence guidelines for the next decade. They envisage the creation of space and cyberdefense units but also express concern over China's military activities, labeling the neighboring country "a strategic rival."