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MEDIA REPORT 150,000 CHINESE TROOPS DEPLOYED AT NORTH KOREA BORDER. CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY DENIES







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The war hysteria is spreading around the world.

South Korea’s Chosun news agency reported that China has deployed about 150,000 troops to its border with Northern Korea preparing for some “unforeseen circumstances” as the US Navy’s Carl Vinson Strike Group is approaching the Korean Peninsula.

The news came after the US Navy ordered the Carl Vinson Strike Group to maintain a physical presnce near the Korean Peninsula and amid growing tensions between the United States and the Asian country.

So, some media were happy to use this to make nice headlines.

However, Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry denied the reports:


Q: First, the rising likelihood of the six nuclear test by the DPRK coupled with the US dispatch of an aircraft carrier strike group to waters close to the ROK has made the situation on the Peninsula even more intense. What’s China’s comment? Second, it is reported that to prepare for potential emergencies in the DPRK, an additional 150,000 troops were deployed to China’s border with the DPRK. Can you confirm that?

A: About your first question, China has been closely following the developments of the situation on the Korean Peninsula. We believe that, given the current situation, all relevant parties should exercise restraint and avoid activities that may escalate the tension.

As for the second question, I am not aware of that. There were similar reports by the Yonhap News Agency in the past, which were proved groundless and false in the end. I’m wondering where you got this information.

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