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China Alarmed as 305,000 US, S Korean Troops Launch Largest-Ever Drills

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China is very concerned about the military drills between South Korea and the United States, believed to be the largest-ever joint exercises of the two countries amid increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula, according to China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei.

BEIJING (Sputnik) – China is seriously concerned about the joint military exercises of the United States and South Korea, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Monday.

Military drills between South Korea and the United States, believed to be the largest-ever joint exercises of the two countries amid increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula, kicked off earlier in the day.

"China is also very concerned about the military drills. We will not accept any trouble-making behavior at our doorstep," Hong told reporters.

Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, two joint US-South Korean military exercises on dispatching the US overseas forces to the Korean Peninsula, presuppose practicing the elimination of Pyongyang's weapons of mass destruction.

As many as 15,000 US servicemen joined around 290,000 South Korean soldiers in the drills expected to last until April 30. In 2015, Washington sent four times fewer troops than now, while the number of Seoul soldiers is now 1.5 times higher.

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  • tobi.gelando
    I hope China will be on a very high alarmed stage !!! Don't thrust ever the USA !!! There need a WAR.
  • michael
    I like the way that China goes from being alarmed to concerned. :)
  • teddy j
    REALLY?

    china should mobilize -- instantly -- 500,000 -- see what the USA says about THAT. they can even drag japan and others to amass what exactly?

    1 MILLION -- ASIANS to do UNCLE SAM\S WAR -- and PROVIDE FODDER AND COVER for uncle sam's PRECIOUS 15,000 OR DOUble IF HE WANTS?

    CHINA CAN SEND ANOTHER 500,000 AND SEE where that gets them all -- and even add another 500 ,000

    to put out 1,5 million.

    if necessary -- china can and should call on russia and come with just a few thousands and that\s going to END the AMERICAN muscle flexing once and for all ...
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