Beijing: military drill not aimed at US

13:30, June 30, 2010      

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Beijing refuted some American media reports that an artillery drill in the East China Sea was in response to a planned military exercise between South Korea and the United States.

The 6-day, live ammunition exercise starting on Wednesday in the East China Sea off China's east coast was seen by some analysts as a response to a planned military drill between the United States and Republic of Korea navies in the Yellow Sea,

Mr. Qin Gang, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman, told a regular press conference in Beijing Tuesday that there was no such link. A Chinese military officer said the timing was coincidental.

"This is a regular military exercise," the spokesman said. "This is not related to the situation on the Korean Peninsula."

Meanwhile, Li Daguang, a professor at China's National Defense University and a PLA officer, said the exercise was "not aimed at the U.S.-South Korea joint exercise."

"The PLA artillery exercise in the East China Sea and the joint U.S.-South Korea exercise in the Yellow Sea are a complete coincidence," Professor Li told the Wen Wei Po, a Hong Kong newspaper.

China's Foreign Ministry said last week it was concerned about reports a US aircraft carrier may join the anti-submarine military drill with South Korea following a standoff with North Korea over the sinking of a warship from South Korea.

The joint exercise that had been expected this month will most likely take place in July, although a date has yet to be set, the Pentagon said on Monday.

Washington has not said officially whether an aircraft carrier would participate, news reports said.

By People's Daily Online / Agencies

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