Well, this may well end badly: China ‘deploys 150,000 troops to deal with possible North Korean refugees over fears Trump may strike Kim Jong-un following missile attack on Syria’. Excerpt:
The Chinese army has reportedly deployed 150,000 troops to the North Korean border to prepare for pre-emptive attacks after the United States dropped airstrikes on Syria.
President Donald Trump‘s missile strike on Syria on Friday was widely interpreted as a warning to North Korea.
The troops have been dispatched to handle North Korean refugees and ‘unforeseen circumstances’, such as the prospect of preemptive attacks on North Korea, the news agency said.
Meanwhile, the US Navy has moved the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group from Singapore to North Korea after the country conducted more missile testing.
Now, a couple of things here: China may well be reacting to President Trump’s smack-down of Syria; it’s not at all clear that the President has read The Art of War, and knows about killing a chicken to scare the fox. But the bat-guano crazy Norks seem to have taken it as a message, and are doing a lot of saber-rattling. And now we’re moving a carrier into the area, traditionally the American way of telling the leaders of various Third World shitholes to settle their asses down.
But it’s more likely China may be adopting a defensive posture here. If anything goes down in North Korea – whether it be a hostile move on their part or a sudden decapitation – it would probably send waves of Nork refugees streaming over the nearest available border. And for millions of them, that means China.
Russia also shares a very short border with North Korea. It will be interesting to see what the old KGB apparatchik Putin does in the next week or so.