Beijing: Beijing on Friday denied that a ship docked in Finland with more than 69 surface-to-air Patriot missiles on board had anything to do with China.
   
Finnish authorities are investigating after the missiles, produced by US firm Raytheon, were discovered on a British-registered ship bound for the Chinese port city of Shanghai.
   
Finnish customs are investigating the case as one of illegal export of defence material. Two Ukrainians – the ship's captain and the first mate -- have been detained.
   
"I don't see the ship transporting the missiles having anything to do with China," Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Weimin told in a regular briefing on Friday.
   
"I don't know why there is always someone who likes to link certain kinds of things with China and I have noticed the relevant report and I hope to clear up this event."
   
Germany's Defence Ministry has said the missiles came from its military and were destined for South Korea. A spokesman said the shipment was a "legal sale on the basis of an accord between two states at the government level".
   
He said the transaction had received an official export authorisation and was reported to customs authorities.

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