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China expresses concern about US-South Korea drill

The exercise, called Foal Eagle, comes amid heightened tension following the latest test launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea on February 12.

By: Reuters | Beijing |
Updated: May 2, 2018 4:35:15 pm
New Delhi: Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath during a meeting with senior BJP leader LK Advani (unseen) at a meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist (PTI3_21_2017_00207A)
US, south korea, military drill, military exercise, China, north korea ballistic missiles, world news, indian express news In this March 31, 2014 file photo, South Korean and US Marines participate in a joint landing exercises during the Foal Eagle military exercises, in Pohang, South Korea. (Source: AP Photo/File)

China’s Foreign Ministry on Friday said it had expressed concern about a large-scale joint military exercise between South Korean and US troops that began this week. The exercise, called Foal Eagle, comes amid heightened tension following the latest test launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea on February 12. Previous such exercises have prompted threats by Pyongyang to launch military action in retaliation. “We have noted the reports and have already expressed serious concern via diplomatic channels to the relevant sides,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing.

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“Maintaining the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia accords with the interests of all sides and is all parties’ responsibility,” he added.

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“At present the situation on the Korean Peninsula is highly complex and sensitive. The relevant side should earnestly do more to help allay the situation on the Korean Peninsula and peace and stability in Northeast Asia, not the opposite.” Geng also repeated China’s opposition to the deployment in South Korea of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defence system.

South Korea has said it and the United States aim to make the system operational by the end of the year. The two countries decided last year to deploy the system in response to the North Korean missile threat. China says the system, with its long-range radar, is a threat to China’s own security and will do nothing to help resolve tensions with North Korea.

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First published on: 03-03-2017 at 04:25:37 pm
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