1. China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying arriving at briefing
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3. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Hua Chunying, Spokeswoman, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
"We noted the report. We are paying close attention to the policies to be taken by the new US government regarding the issue. China has been supporting and advocating the full prohibition and destruction of nuclear weapons. The countries having the largest nuclear arsenal should take on the special prior responsibility of nuclear disarmament, take a lead in drastically and tangibly cutting the number of nuclear weapons so as to create conditions for full and thorough nuclear disarmament in the end."
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5. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Hua Chunying, Spokeswoman, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
"In recent years, Japan has constantly played up the so-called China threat on the one hand, and on the other hand, it has continuously built up its military power. Due to historical reasons, I think we have every reason to keep a high alert on Japan's moves and its true intentions. Actually, I noted that many people in Japan had questioned and criticised such policies and actions taken by the Japanese government. Regarding whether Japan can truly draw lessons from history and stick to the path of peaceful development, the international community including its Asian neighbours will wait and see."
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7. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Hua Chunying, Spokeswoman, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
"I want to reiterate that whether China is building facilities in the relevant islands, or deploying necessary defence facilities, China is exercising the normal right as a sovereign state prescribed in international law. We hope the relevant sides will see this in a level-headed and objective way instead of reading too much into it."
China said on Friday that countries with the largest nuclear arsenals should take the lead in disarmament, after US President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin said they wanted to strengthen their nations' nuclear capabilities.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters at a regular briefing that Beijing is "paying close attention" to what nuclear weapons policy Trump's administration will follow.
After meeting with Pentagon officials and defence contractors a day earlier, Trump tweeted on Thursday: "The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes."
His comments came hours after Putin said he wanted to strengthen Russia's own nuclear capabilities in the coming year.
Speaking at the same briefing Hua also said China was keeping its eye on Japan's increasing military budget.
The comments came after the Japanese cabinet approved its biggest annual defence budget on Friday.
It was the fifth straight annual increase as part of the hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's attempt to build up Japan's military.
Hua also defended China's right to build facilities in islands disputed with the Philippines.
The remarks were in response to the US think tank the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) which said in a report earlier this month that China has installed anti-missile weapons on all the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea, and Philippines officials have expressed concerns over it.