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China expresses concern after North Korea fires rocket into airliner's path

Published on Mar 6, 2014 5:16 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Beijing expressed concern on Thursday after North Korea fired a rocket into the flight path of a Chinese airliner during weapons tests.

Pyongyang has drawn criticism from Seoul and Washington for firing half a dozen short-range missiles off its east coast in recent days, followed on Tuesday by a volley of rockets from multiple launchers.

South Korea said a Chinese airliner with more than 200 passengers on board crossed the trajectory of one of the rockets seven minutes after it passed by.

China is North Korea's key diplomatic protector and the source of much of its trade and aid.

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