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BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s assistant foreign minister summoned South Korea’s Ambassador to China on Saturday to issue a complaint over Seoul’s criticism of recent comments made by China’s envoy in South Korea, China’s foreign ministry said on Sunday.

South Korea summoned China’s ambassador on Friday to issue a protest, describing as “provocative” and possible interference in internal affairs the comments made by the envoy, who warned Seoul against making “wrong bets” in the Sino-U.S. rivalry.

China’s Assistant Foreign Minister Nong Rong expressed his “serious concern and dissatisfaction” over Seoul’s “improper reaction” to the comments, made during a meeting with South Korea’s opposition party leader, the statement said.

(Reporting by Martin Quin Pollard; Editing by Edmund Klamann)

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