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China has once again raised concerns over the upcoming joint naval drill between South Korea and the US.
It will start later this month off the coast of the Korean peninsula and then move to the Yellow Sea. The exact date will be confirmed next week when Defense and Foreign Ministers from the two countries meet in Seoul. China has called for calm and restraint to avoid escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
Chinese FM spokesman Qin Gang said, "The hypothesis means dividing the Northeast Asia and Asia-Pacific regions into different military alliances and viewing regional security from an angle of opposition and confrontation, as in the Cold War era. Times have changed. No single country or military alliance can resolve issues like regional security and stability. All countries in the region need to work together, and strengthen mutual trust and cooperation through dialogue, to maintain regional security and stability."