BEIJING  (Reuters) -  Japan  issued a defense review that called on  Beijing  to stop building oil and gas exploration platforms close to disputed waters in the  East China Sea , the  Defense Ministry  has said.

In the paper issued on Tuesday,  Tokyo  expressed concern that Chinese drills could tap reservoirs that extend into  Japan 's territory.

"This kind of action completely lays bare the two-faced nature of  Japan 's foreign policy and has a detrimental impact on peace and stability in the  Asia Pacific  region,"  China's Defense Ministry  said in a statement issued late on Tuesday.

China  would further evaluate  Japan 's defense review, or white paper, when the full text is issued and would then make a "necessary reaction depending on the situation", it said.

Beijing  described  Japan 's annual defense review as misleading and malicious, saying it overplayed the " China  military threat" and stoked tensions between the two East Asian powers. It stuck by its claims over the disputed island chain.

The white paper "maliciously hyped up the issues of  East China Sea South China Sea , internet security and military transparency", the ministry said. It also exaggerated the threat of the  Chinese military , "blackening" its image, it said.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman  Lu Kang  said the review ignored that  China 's maritime activities were carried out in line with international law, according to another statement posted late on Tuesday.

"The Diaoyu islands have belonged to  China  since ancient times ...  China  will continue to take necessary measures to safeguard its territorial sovereignty and  Japan  should not hold any unrealistic illusions," he said, referring to the disputed chain of islets, also known in Japanese as the Senkaku.

The Japanese defense review had expressed concern that the platforms being built by China could also be used as monitoring stations near the islets.

The report also commented on the disputed  South China Sea , where  Japan  and other countries have criticized Chinese land reclamation projects as a threat to regional security.

" Japan  is not a stakeholder country in the  South China Sea  issue, so it should not tell tales and sow discord," the  Defense Ministry 's statement said.

The Foreign Ministry said  China 's construction activities were completely within the scope of its sovereignty, and were not directed at any one country.

"We solemnly urge  Japan  to stop stoking tensions, provoking with contradictions, and instead undertake more activities that are conducive to regional peace and stability," Lu said.