Japan’s Coast Guard and Maritime Self-Defence Force have conducted their first joint exercises in the South China Sea, earning the ire of Pyongyang. Photo: Reuters

North Korea takes offence to Japanese naval exercises – to curry favour with Xi Jinping and China

  • In a bid to show its support before a defence treaty with Beijing expires in 2021, Pyongyang has called the drills a reminder of Japan’s imperial past
  • The strong words from state-run North Korean media come as bilateral ties warm following Xi’s visit to the North in early June
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Japan’s Coast Guard and Maritime Self-Defence Force have conducted their first joint exercises in the South China Sea, earning the ire of Pyongyang. Photo: Reuters
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