The ministry expressed serious concern about the “growth of China’s military activities,” and also condemned the DPRK’s missile launches.

The situation in the modern world is characterized by interstate rivalry between the United States and China. This wording is contained in the annual report of the Japanese Foreign Ministry on diplomacy “Blue Book” published on Friday.

“Today, the international community is undergoing drastic changes. In a free, open and stable international order, China and other emerging and developing countries are benefiting from globalization, gaining strength and expanding their presence,” the document says.

“The world has actually moved from an era when the United States, together with advanced democracies, demonstrated leadership in supporting the stability and prosperity of the international community through its overwhelming political, economic and military power, to an era of Sino-American interstate competition,” the document emphasizes. This is the first time that the Japanese Foreign Ministry gives such an assessment of the state of the world community.

In addition, the Japanese ministry in the report expressed serious concern about the “growth of China’s military activities,” and also condemned the DPRK’s missile launches.