China Warns U.S. On Naval Exercises as North Korea Promises Retaliation
Friday, November 26, 2010
China has warned the United States against engaging in military activity on its coastline.
‚ÄúWe oppose any military act by any party conducted in China‚Äôs exclusive economic zone without approval,‚ÄĚ China‚Äôs Foreign Ministry replied in response to a question about the inclusion of a U.S. Aircraft carrier strike group participating in the joint exercise.
The exclusive economic zone is a maritime zone up to 200 nautical miles from a country‚Äôs coast.
It was reported today that Obama would be speaking with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao in coming days. China has refused to condemn North Korea‚Äôs attack.
The Chinese statement arrives ahead of U.S.-South Korean naval exercises, according to Reuters. Earlier in the week, the Pentagon sent the USS George Washington and four other Navy ships to the Yellow Sea after North Korea shelled South Korean soldiers and civilians in response to South Korean military exercises.
In a statement from the U.S. Navy‚Äôs Seventh Fleet, the military exercises are described as a measure to show the United States‚Äô ‚Äúcommitment to regional stability through deterrence.‚ÄĚ Joint military exercises with the South Koreans begin on Sunday. North Korea has promised ‚Äúwaves of retaliation‚ÄĚ if provoked.
Asian experts and political commentators warn the provocative military exercises near the North Korean and Chinese borders may result in war on the Korean Peninsula. North and South Korea have engaged in heightened saber-rattling since the incident earlier in the week.