BEIJING, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Jiang Yu said here Tuesday that Japan should consider the sentiments of its Asian neighbors when it comes to military matters.
She made these remarks at a regular Tuesday press briefing when commenting on Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan's recent remark about sending his country's Self-Defense Forces to the Korean Peninsula in case of an emergency.
"China has noticed such reports as well as the responses in the Republic of Korea (ROK). Because of historical reasons, Japan needs to consider its Asian neighbors' feelings and concerns more, and act prudently regarding military matters," she said.
A senior official at the ROK foreign ministry said his nation was "rather surprised" by Kan's words.
Japanese government spokesman Yoshito Sengoku denied that Japan had any plan of sending its forces to the Korea Peninsula.