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China Deploys 300,000 Soldiers to North Korean Border in “Preparation for Potential War”

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 17:35
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By Tyler Durden  /  ZeroHedge

While the specter of a nuclear war with North Korea has faded in recent weeks, China is not taking chances, and ahead of the Winter Olympics in South Korea, the Chinese government has deployed 300,000 troops and multiple mobile strike groups to its highly-guarded border with North Korea, a move which signals that Beijing is quietly gearing for a potential crisis between Kim Jong Un and the United States in the coming months.

According to South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo news, “China is preparing for a potential war on the Korean Peninsula by reinforcing missile defenses near the border with North Korea” citing a report from Radio Free Asia. “Military units in Yanbian were relocated from Heilongjiang Province, thus adding 300,000 troops along the border.”

RFA quoted a North Korean source in China that the Chinese military late last year deployed another missile defense battery at an armored division in Helong, west of Longjing in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture. Now it is deploying missile defense batteries near North Korean reservoirs by the Apnok and Duman rivers.

The reason for the increased missile presence is that Chinese troops in the border area could be swept away if the North tore down the banks of the reservoirs or they were destroyed by missiles or air strikes, the source added.

On Jan. 24, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported that the 78th Group Army, the first Chinese military unit that would cross the border into the North in the event of a war on the Korean Peninsula, has been armed with newest surface-to-air missiles against South Korean and U.S. aircraft and missiles.

The reported deployment comes just days before the start of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.

What is peculiar about this escalation is that it comes as Kim Jong Un’s regime has – at least optically – attempted to “thaw” relations with Seoul, wishing the South Korean government a “successful” competition and hoping to “ease military tensions” before the games begin. In a rare case of Korean unity, both North and South Korea plan to march into the Opening Ceremonies under a “united Korean flag” and will combine their female hockey teams.

Meanwhile, Trump has been busy pushing his domestic agenda to engage in twitter bickering and comparing nuclear button size with Kim Jong-Un, allowing tensions between the two nuclear-armed nations to ease in recent weeks, although if China knows something, this tentative detente will not last long.

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  • Pink Slime

    This is to PREVENT America from taking NorKor…. duhhh. They are telling Americans the line stops here. Do you think they want America any closer?

    As soon as we attack they will FORCE their troops in and try to take as much territory as they can. America will do the same. NorKor might be cut in HALF.

  • Detergent

    The BIG question is, if the U.S. and the DPRK went to war, which side would China be on? Who would they be fighting against? I mean that seriously.

    The primary purpose of the Chinese army on the border with the DPRK is to prevent a massive influx of North Korean war refugees into China.

    After that, if the DPRK started losing the war, what would China do? The DPRK is a big thorn in China’s side. The DPRK doesn’t toe China’s line, it seriously complicates China’s international diplomacy, and it costs money. In China’s view the only thing worse than having the DPRK on its border would be having a united Korea with the U.S. military on its border. But just how many lives and how much treasure is that worth to China?

    It’s a war the China might well sit out except for dealing with the resulting refugee crisis. Or not. Interesting question.

    • Detergent

      Also keep in mind that the ROK (South Korea) is China’s 5th largest trading partner doing business to the tune of about $275 billion in 2013 (Wikipedia). Just how much would China want to see the ROK economy devastated in a war, and maybe even lose a war to the DPRK? Hummm…

    • 2QIK4U

      China own norkor.

  • 2QIK4U

    This is starting to remind me of the world war two German Olympic games. Where Hitler congratulated the Black athlete whil at the same time at home he sat on the back of the bus. And they call Hitler a Tyrant…

  • patann

    -The Invasion I witnessed 1998 from three nights of dreaming war on Us soil, reiterated by the weirdest dream ever 2016, when I, an older American, female, looked to a mirror image instead of a young Asian male, all my mental capacity was there, I just looked like him, talking Asian invasion. The enemies these 1998 nights of dreaming first was fArab, I knew only Saddam, and second was an Asian invasion US soil, thirdly I got one word, EPIDEMIC, so out of three nights 1998, of dreaming military war on US soil, I got warsaw, west worthy (weight of blood gult,, and epidemic, beware, Apb, see more here,

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