July 22, 2010 09:59
Beijing is apparently not placated by the U.S. and South Korea's decision to move a planned joint naval exercise to the East Sea and away from China's doorstep, warning it could raise tensions in the region.
China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Wednesday, "We resolutely oppose foreign military ships and planes coming to the Yellow [West] Sea and other waters near China to engage in activities that affect China's security interests."
He added Beijing has been closely watching developments and that its position on the joint military exercise is clear. He urged "related countries" to exercise restraint and said Beijing would continue to monitor developments.
The drill is a response to North Korea's sinking of the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan in March.
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