No military buildup on China-DPRK border: defense official [Xinhua]

BEIJING, April 12 (Xinhua) — The Ministry of National Defense on Friday denied foreign reports that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is building up on the country’s border with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

“The reports are not true. China is paying close attention to the development of the current situation on the Korean Peninsula and has always been committed to safeguarding peace and stability in Northeast Asia,” a ministry spokesman said.

Pyongyang on Tuesday suggested that all foreign organizations, companies and tourists in the Republic of Korea (ROK) should prepare to evacuate, as the situation on the Korean Peninsula “is inching closer to a thermonuclear war.”

China has called for peace and dialogue on the Korean Peninsula, warning against a possible confrontation.

“Our stance has been consistent on the Korean Peninsula situation. We want peace over war, alleviation over tension, dialogue over confrontation,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Monday.

“China opposes any action that would undermine peace and stability on the peninsula,” Hong said.

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3 Responses to “No military buildup on China-DPRK border: defense official [Xinhua]”

  1. I think this is a white lie being told by the PLA. I think they are building up around Korea in preparation for any war which may arise. They’d be stupid not to. The question is, what will China do should hostilities arise? I don’t think the answer is clear cut and depends on the particular circumstances.

    Why would they lie? Because they the Chinese government doesn’t want to do anything which would make the region less stable or be seen as making the region less stable. They’re trying to act in their own perceived national interest without making the situation worse if possible. That means telling a few porkies and not being openly hostile.

  2. What one thinks or presumes about this situation is no substitute for proof. And there is no proof that I’m aware of to support allegations of a military buildup.

    This particular meme, always baseless, is rather hoary and pops up periodically when tensions increase between the partitioned Koreas, or sometimes when China-DPRK relations fray for whatever reason. It’s right to be totally skeptical of such Northeast Asian ‘wolf-crying’, short of any ‘hot’ war.

  3. There might not be any solid evidence to prove these allegations, but it just makes sense. So I suspect that, for once, the Western media is probably telling the truth. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    China is walking a tightrope between trying to maintain a fairly warm relationship with the U.S./West (trade income and technology transfers) and looking after its own long term interests. So far it seems that the government isn’t prepared to abandon North Korea for fear of giving the U.S. a means to further encircle China. It can’t be too obvious about it without falling victim to Washington’s bully boy tactics, so it has to talk the talk while quietly doing what whatever it can get away with in supporting North Korea.

    That’s what I hope is the case at any rate. Otherwise, the CCP will be putting a nail in its own coffin.

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