China preparing for potential crisis with North Korea

China is preparing for a potential crisis with North Korea by increasing its defences along their shared border, including establishing a new border brigade and building bunkers for civilians.

The Wall Street Journal reported that China has been strengthening its defences along the North Korean border since Pyongyang’s first nuclear test in 2006, including building a fence along parts of the border and stepping up patrols.

The Chinese government has repeatedly said there can be no military solution for the North Korea issue. China is in the midst of a broad military reorganisation and modernisation programme.

Yesterday, Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman told reporters he could not answer a hypothetical question on what China’s military would do in the event of a clash on the Korean peninsula.

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