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South Korea and the US will start another round of joint naval drills off the west coast of the Korean Peninsula on Sunday. It will be the second in a series.
The two allies are set to stage a five-day anti-submarine exercises, involving about ten vessels. The waters are near a tense maritime border with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Military officials say the drills are meant to send a clear message of deterrence to Pyongyang. The DPRK has voiced its condemnation. It accuses South Korea and US of staging a simulated nuclear war targeting the DPRK.
And the Chinese Foreign Ministry firmly reminded the parties concerned that China strongly opposes any foreign military activities in its territorial waters and the Yellow Sea.
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