A Chinese-built fence near a concrete marker depicting the North Korean and Chinese national flags with the words “China North Korea Border” at a crossing in the Chinese border town of Tumen in eastern China’s Jilin province.
South China Morning Post: China will take ‘necessary measures’ in event of regime collapse in N Korea, says defence official
Defence spokesman Ren Guoqiang affirms military will safeguard security and sovereignty
China will take the “necessary measures” to safeguard national security in the event of the collapse of the neighbouring North Korean regime, a defence official said on Thursday.
The recent assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam has sparked renewed concerns over the stability of Pyongyang and the possibility of a collapse of the reclusive regime.
Beijing – long seen as the guarantor of Pyongyang’s security – has stayed largely silent on the incident.
But in a sign of its growing frustration with Pyongyang and as part of efforts to increase pressure on the regime over its latest missile test earlier this month, China announced last week it would suspend all imports of coal from North Korea for the rest of the year, depriving the country of a crucial source of foreign capital.
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Update: China Prepares For "Regime Collapse" In North Korea (Zero Hedge)
WNU Editor: China is denying these reports .... China denies increasing troops on North Korean border (Reuters), but North Korea is clearly worried .... North Korea 'tightens security at border to stop news of Kim Jong-nam's death spreading' (The Telegraph). What's my take .... this type of rhetoric between China and North Korea was unthinkable before North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took over from his father. Today .... it has become the new normal. In fact .... if China continues to publicly voice their preparedness for a collapse of the North Korean regime .... I would start to say that the Chinese are green-lighting their support for a coup against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The next few weeks/months are going to be critical on what happens next.