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China has built up its defenses along the North Korean border and has moved troops there in preparation of any military action from the Trump administration, the U.K. Daily Star reports.
Citing a report from the Wall Street Journal, Fox News also noted that the Chinese military had moved to build up its defenses along the 880-mile border.
Those defenses include bunkers designed to withstand nuclear attacks, 24-hour surveillance of the border and a new brigade to patrol the region. China’s defense ministry was mostly mum about the moves, saying that they were meant to “maintain a normal state of combat readiness and training.”
“Military means shouldn’t be an option to solve the Korean Peninsula issue,” a spokesman with the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.
However, experts believed that this was hardly a defensive maneuver and could constitute preparations for war. Rand Corp’s Mike Cozad told The Wall Street Journal that China’s moves “go well beyond” maintaining a buffer zone.
“If you’re going to make me place bets on where I think the U.S. and China would first get into a conflict, it’s not Taiwan, the South China Sea or the East China Sea: I think it’s the Korean Peninsula,” Cozad said.
The move comes as President Donald Trump has expressed disappointment over China’s inability — or unwillingness — to effectively pressure North Korea into giving up its missile tests and nuclear development. The administration has also made clear that military options are on the table, something that evidently unnerves China.
North Korea is a rogue state that threatens world peace. If China is willing to stall on its obligation to help solve the crisis — or, even worse, deploy troops to the border with the threat of using them to pour into North Korea in the case of a military intervention — that’s a very bad thing.