In some of his strongest remarks on the possible deal, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters Australia should consider the context of Japan's role in the Second World War in developing its military relationship with Tokyo.
               
Wang made the remarks to journalists during a joint briefing with visiting Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. "We hope that in military cooperation with Japan, Australia will take into full account this historical context and take into consideration also the feelings of Asian countries because of that history," Wang said.
               
"We hope that Australia will take concrete actions to support the peaceful development of Japan and Japan's efforts to uphold its pacifist constitution and not the opposite."Australia will pick the design for a new fleet of submarines this year. Japan, which was offering a variant of its 4,000 ton Soryu submarine, was up against rival bids from Germany and France.
               
Washington was encouraging closer security cooperation between Japan and Australia as it looks to its Pacific allies to shoulder a bigger security role, with China's rise altering the balance of power in the region.

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