Germany's "Bayern" warship was planned to stop over in a Chinese port as it passed through the South China Sea. Berlin says Beijing rejected the request "after a period of reflection."
A German Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Wednesday that Beijing rejected a planned stopover of the German warship "Bayern" in a Chinese port.
"After a period of reflection, China has decided that it does not want a port visit by the German frigate 'Bayern' and we have taken note of that," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Adebahr told reporters in Berlin.
The "Bayern" set off from Wilhelmshaven on August 2 for a six-month journey to the Indo-Pacific. Germany has sought to strengthen its presence in the region, and a Chinese stop was meant to help defuse tensions over the naval mission.
But China denied Germany's request to allow the "Bayern" to make a port call in Shanghai, according to the AFP news agency.
Passing through the South China Sea
The German warship's six-month journey includes sailing through the South China Sea, a flashpoint of tensions between China, its neighbors in the region and their western allies, including the United States.