Several media sources are stating that there is significant movement of Chinese troops to the North Korean border. However, the Department of Defense told The Daily Caller News Foundation on Monday that that was not the case.
According to the Daily Mail and Chosun News a South Korean News Agency, China has deployed 150,000 troops to its North Korea border:
“[The] Chinese army has deployed about 150,000 troops to the North Korean border in two groups to prepare for unforeseen circumstances.”
But that information wasn’t verified by the U.S. Pacific Command. The command refused to comment on the issue but told Daily Caller that the first time they heard of the movements was by a reporter seeking a comment.
The next verification would be China’s foreign ministry. They reported that all such movements were “pure fiction.” Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Hua Chunying even responded saying, “I have no idea where these reports are coming from.”
The original website, Chosun, stated that the troops are primarily medical and support units for aid in refugee situations. The news site also reported that China mobilized submarines and ground forces, but there is no evidence backing this.
It’s possible that the U.S. wouldn’t see a thousand troops being relocated, but 150,000 troops would be nearly impossible not to hear about. Not to mention sending 150,000 troops to a location where war could happen instantaneously is incredibly unlikely.
What do you think about these reports? Do you think U.S. is telling the truth or do you think they are hiding the fact that China is moving towards North Korea for whatever reason? Let us know in the comments below!
Credit: Daily Mail