China voices opposition to Japan’s joint military drills

China has voiced stern opposition to Japan’s joint military exercise operations with “extraterritorial nations.”

Yang Yujun, spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense, told a press conference on Thursday in Beijing, “We always sternly oppose Japan frequently wooing extraterritorial nations for joint military drills that only increase regional tensions.”

Yang made the remarks in a reply to a question concerning a potential Japan-U.S. joint military exercise in Japan’s Okinawa.

Japan’s Kyodo News reported that Japan and the United States were considering a joint military drill to start in early November.

“We will keep a close eye on the development concerning the issue,” Yang said.


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