Japan's defense minister urged greater transparency of China's military capabilities on Saturday.
Shigeru Ishiba told delegates at an annual security summit in Singapore that Japan does not mean to suggest China's growing military might is a threat. But he questioned whether China's military buildup was only for self defense.
Lieutenant General Ma Xiaotian, deputy chief of China's People's Liberation Army, told delegates that China will not engage in an arms race, and is not a military threat to any country.
Ishiba suggested China should be more open about its military capabilities to reassure other nations in the region.
Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.