China's drills not aimed at pressuring N.Korea

Source
Global Times
Editor
Zhang Tao
Time
2017-11-30

China's ongoing military drills are not aimed at any country, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson Wu Qian said on Thursday in response to assumptions that the drills are meant to pressure North Korea.

Forces from the Northern Theater Command of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) are conducting military drills in Horqin Grassland in Northeast China to enhance the army's combat readiness in cold weather, PLA Daily reported.

On assumptions on the drills, which were conducted near the border between China and North Korea, Wu said that they were part of the annual plan and would not target any country.

Chinese Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on November 24 said the China-North Korea Friendship Bridge across the Yalu River in the Chinese city of Dandong will be closed while North Korea repairs the approach road on its side.

Geng said that "after the repairs are completed, the bridge will reopen," but gave no date of the reopening.

Wu also said that using military force is not an option to solving the Korean Peninsula issue.

 

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