Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked his Danish counterpart Anders Fogh Rasmussen to keep an eye on China's military spending at an hour-long summit in Tokyo, AFP reported. "I would like to confirm Japan's opposition to the European Union's lifting of the arms embargo on China," Abe told Rasmussen, a fellow ally of US President George W. Bush. Japan and the US have long criticized China over military spending and strongly opposed European Union proposals to scrap a ban on arms exports to China, imposed after the crushing of the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy protests. France has been the main supporter of lifting the arms embargo.
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