China Signals it will Back North Korea in War


Officially China may not be too happy about the way that North Korea is acting. Or maybe it is.

China isn’t too worried that Obama will actually drop his golf clubs and stand up to the Communist banker of his welfare state. It doesn’t want to appear too crazy in public, but it has moved to a more militarist stance and North Korean aggressiveness serves its interests by tying up the United States in Korea while allowing its leaders to be the ones who claim to have the chokehold on the Nuclear Hound of North Korea.

But if push does come to shove, then China has North Korea’s back. Unlike Obama Inc. which only has the Muslim Brotherhood’s back.

China continued moving tanks and armored vehicles and flying flights near North Korea this week as part of a military buildup in the northeastern part of the country that U.S. officials say is related to the crisis with North Korea.

The Obama administration, meanwhile, sought to play down the Chinese military buildup along the border with Beijing’s fraternal communist ally despite the growing danger of conflict following unprecedented threats by Pyongyang to attack the United States and South Korea with nuclear weapons.

The buildup appears linked to North Korea’s March 30 announcement that it is in a “state of war” with South Korea after the United Nations imposed a new round of sanctions following the North’s Feb. 12 nuclear test and because of ongoing large-scale joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troop and tank movements were reported in Daqing, located in northeastern Heilongjiang Province, and in the border city of Shenyang, in Liaoning Province.

Officials said one key military unit involved in the mobilization is the 190th Mechanized Infantry Brigade based in Benxi, Liaoning Province. The brigade is believed to be the PLA’s frontline combat unit that would respond to any regional conflict or refugee flows. Troops and tank movements also were reported in Dandong, in Liaoning Province.

Fighter jets were reported flying in larger numbers in Fucheng, Hebei Province, and in Zhangwu and Changchun, Liaoning Provinces.

Additionally, the troop buildup is a signal to Pyongyang that China will abide by its defense commitment to North Korea in the event of renewed conflict.

If the PRC really wanted to discourage North Korea’s misbehavior, then it would avoid the buildup. After all the only thing China really has to worry about is a flood of refugees and it doesn’t need jets or tanks to deal with them.

The message being sent is that China, unlike the United States, doesn’t abandon its allies.

Obama may have sold out Poland on missile defense and sold out the UK on the Falklands and Israel on Hamas. Obama sold out Mubarak and the leaders of most American allies in the Middle East.

But China won’t sell out North Korea, no matter how much it should, and that sends a message to the rest of the world.

Who would you rather have in your corner? Who is going to stand by you when times are tough? China or America?

 

  • QueensWatcher

    Your analysis is fairly weak. Using military forces to contain any refugee crisis is precisely how China would react. Also if there is war China has an interest in making sure everyone knows that this time western forces should stay away from the Yellow River, but that is not at all the same as suggesting that it would back North Korea militarily. The last thing China wants at the moment is open warfare with the U.S. That could very well change someday if they decide they are ready to take back Taiwan or seize the oil fields in the South China sea, but they are not postured to do that at the moment and North Korea is not worth a larger war against its biggest trading partners. What this movement is though, is a rather worrying sign that China thinks North Korea just might be erratic enough, and sufficiently outside of its control as to start a war.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Your analysis is fairly weak. Using military forces to contain any refugee crisis is precisely how China would react. "

      That's what jet fighters are for. Just ask Mr. Morsi.

    • http://twitter.com/nb2d @nb2d

      Hope you are right. That kid in North Korea throwing a tantrum appears capable of being really stupid in his attempt to get attention.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "The last thing China wants at the moment is open warfare with the U.S."

      It also knows that short of bombing Pearl Harbor or San Francisco that 0'Bama won't do a damn thing except posturing.

    • Gamaliel

      Sorry but the weak analysis is yours. China has a mythology about the first Korean war hwo it was an attack on China by the United States. They have songs that remember the glorious defeat of the Untied States by China. Chinese soldiers are taught that the number one enemy is the United States.

  • Elizabeth

    Look at the jackass bowing in the photo…
    Can you ever imagine Reagan doing that??!!
    China enjoys rattling Bummer's chain.

    • MC1215

      Not to mention New Defense Sec. Hagel looks and speaks as a person who does not
      have a clue about world affairs, defense and the enemies of America know this.
      Obama, Hagel and Kerry, "Larry. Moe and Curly"

  • Mary Sue

    OF COURSE it will! NK is China's proxy!

  • truebearing

    No surprise here. North Korea is China's askari.They are a useful tool in measuring American weakness and effective at showing the world who the real superpower is now.

    North Korea isn't going to use its nukes. China knows we still have far more nuclear power than they do, but China has all of the advantages in a conventional war in Southeast Asia, so it is calling Obama's pathetic bluff.

    This is a prelude to China going after Taiwan and Japan. Once backed down in Korea, the US will wuss out of it's commitments to other nations in the East. China is playing chess. Obama is playing with himself.

    An even uglier possibility now looms, having a communist as our president. This dust up with North Korea could all be a coordinated global Marxist theater production. Leftist are nothing if not ruthless and conniving, so who is to say this isn't something staged by ideological allies, after all, our leadership is just as far left as China's.

    • Jack

      If you think Obama is the one calling the shots on this one you are gravely mistaken.

      • truebearing

        I'm not gravely mistaken, but Obama is the ffrontman for the Left's agenda and he is the president.

        • keybanggold

          Obama don't have power to make any types of choices so what make you guys think that there going to let Obama handle this. Obama is just there to take the bame when things fails

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "Obama don't have power to make any types of choices so what make you guys think that there going to let Obama handle this. Obama is just there to take the bame when things fails"

            At any given moment, O'Bama sits in the office of the most powerful nation in the world as it's chief executive. That includes running the military.

            Regardless of what political arrangements he's made and who "controls" him politically, in real terms it is he who will execute any decisions. His political cronies don't literally sit around and keep the phone out of his hands until they get their way.

            Don't be so naive. When it comes to reacting to major world events, it is 0'Bama without anybody else to blame. Why do you think he simply went to bed on 9/11/12? He was empowered to do almost anything but opted not to.

    • Paul Anderson

      As long as you don't align socialism with communism I agree to a point. I don't think this is Obamas bluff at all he is in office but he is overruled by the military……..he is just a pawn in what has been a 60 year standoff.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "China Signals it will Back North Korea in War"

    Gee. I guess I might have been right. As if I'm the only one who saw this coming. Any non-leftist could have predicted this.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    China is buying up tons of America, especially under the Radical-in-Chief's purview. Therefore, why in the world does China have to worry about Obama Inc? – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/26/the-radical-i

    As such, China WILL back its client state and that is that.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    China is buying up tons of America, especially under the Radical-in-Chief's purview. Therefore, why in the world does China have to worry about Obama Inc? – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/26/the-radical-i

    As such, China WILL back its client state and that is that.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Larry

    If North Korea attacks South Korea (and probably Japan and strikes at the USA at the same time) China is going to give them an enema with a fire hose.

    This time around the PLA won't be coming to the rescue, they'll be coming to destroy the Kim regime. South Korea and Japan are far to vital for China's economy to let them be trashed by the mad man in Pyongyang.

    That's what those troop movements and military activity are all about.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "If North Korea attacks South Korea (and probably Japan and strikes at the USA at the same time) China is going to give them an enema with a fire hose.'

      Whatever China does, it will act as though it was forced and will come out ahead in the end with even more power in the region. That's the whole point. They don't want to destroy anything. They want to control everything.

  • mercury

    Despite being able to launch a missile high in the air, this is probably not how the North Koreans would attack the U.S. My guess…they would send the bomb over in a boat, perhaps in one of the millions of containers that cross the Pacific each day.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Despite being able to launch a missile high in the air, this is probably not how the North Koreans would attack the U.S. My guess…they would send the bomb over in a boat, perhaps in one of the millions of containers that cross the Pacific each day."

      It's not nearly as easy as you seem to think for a global pariah to sneak radioactive material in to international waters. We're kind of keeping tabs on them.

  • James

    China and America have too much to lose by going to war with each other, they will probably come to some agreement of North Korea being over run and reunited with South Korea, and Taiwan being returned to China.

    • Paul Anderson

      We all had too much to lose in all the wars but that did not stop leaders from declaring them and 100's of millions of people dying. We have had one mad man at the head of a military machine before who thought he would cleanse the world of Jews and conquer all of Europe, Russia and the UK in the process. It was only his ideals that led a nation to war and that nation followed him blindly………does this ring a bell? I hope you're right.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "China and America have too much to lose by going to war with each other, they will probably come to some agreement of North Korea being over run and reunited with South Korea, and Taiwan being returned to China."

      More or less this is the game their playing. That and some disputed islands, stronger regional hegemony and they hope the ability to come out with a plausible story that they were the victims and or heroes of the whole scenario.

      Leftists will lap it up too.

  • sd42jnq

    China is in an awkward position. They created the modern monster of North Korea and provide its gas, oil, and much of its electricity and food.

    China values stability over everything else. Both socially and governmentally. That is one of the reasons that it took so long to change from Communism to the National Socialism of the last decade. And why it took so long for the central Party to decide that Christians were not the threat they thought they were (although many provincial and local governments still actively persecute Christians), being the most law-abiding and productive citizens they have. (Just like in the U.S., where Christians are the majority of essential services personnel like law enforcement, fire, doctors, nurses, etc.)

    To "save face" they must support North Korea in public, but it's a very good chance that they read the riot act to the North Koreans behind closed doors. If push comes to shove, China will stop them in order to preserve their current economy, but they are going to "show solidarity" in the mean time, while doing a carrot-and-stick approach to Kim Jong Nuts.

  • kate

    We are our own worst enemies
    innocent people always have to suffer.
    Thats whats really sad

    There are so much more important things that need attention. Global warming for one which could result in in there being no world.. but yet people continue to kill people.

    • Cat K

      OMG! You made a wrong turn somewhere dear.

    • Jason Mc

      Think about how warm the globe is going to get if nukes fall from the sky

  • Paul Anderson

    Your comment stating who would we rather have in our corner is almost sounding like north Korean propaganda. I don't care for any of them as I think they are all cowards and have "the biggest kid on the block" syndrome your report is bias to say the least! Please stick to the the facts and leave your negative emotive comments at the door.

  • Paul Anderson

    It may not make a great difference but I will Boycott any purchases for things made in China, America and Korea……….how dare these countries threaten the world with nuclear war, how dare they threaten the lives of countless people to satisfy a grudge. If the Australian government backs the US then they can go to the front line with their families and bare the brunt……..my kids will only fight and protect what's is theirs!

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "It may not make a great difference but I will Boycott any purchases for things made in China, America and Korea……….how dare these countries threaten the world with nuclear war, how dare they threaten the lives of countless people to satisfy a grudge. If the Australian government backs the US then they can go to the front line with their families and bare the brunt……..my kids will only fight and protect what's is theirs!"

      You're a complete fool if you think Australia doesn't have a lot more to lose than the USA does. I guess you're welcome for standing up for you even though you never considered thanking anyone that you're not subject to the Chinese regime.

  • Jay

    History speaks for itself on this one, just look at the first Korean War. The Chinese aren't sending armor to the northern border of N. Korea for the point of addressing refugees fleeing into China. This should actually be a very obvious sign that something is about to happen considering the last time China had a military build up on the North Korean border. If the match gets stuck on this one, I hope the men of this nation have their boots ready! If you notice you can only find evidence of a Chinese build up outside of mainstream media sources as well as a few Asian papers.

  • Jay

    Btw,Obama is the Commander-In-Chief which means he is the top spot when it comes to the American military regardless of what decisions are made.

  • Jay

    Paul, I looked this up after your comment… http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/evacuation-p

  • Jay

    It opened my eyes alittle,when has this ever happened? I'm asking you

  • Texas Patriot

    If N. Korea lifts a finger against the south or against Japan or against any American ally, Kim Jong Un gets whacked, no ifs, ands, or buts. And that's something that the neo-conservatives completely don't understand about Obama. He's not about rhetoric. He's not about showmanship. He's about whacking the heads off snakes.

  • Danny Caplan

    This is hardly surprising. It was Mao and Stalin who were to blame for starting the first Korean war, and it was Mao who kept the Korean war going long after Kim il Sung wanted it over and was willing to surrender. It is quite likely that it is China today, that is behind North Korea's recent sable rattling.

  • Giles

    I think we all know what the outcome of this is going to be! Its going to be world war 3 and russia and its friend China will be the victors.

    This outcome has been coming for ages, it was only about when it would happen.

    End of story !

    Sad pathetic but true!

    • sohai

      how do you say so that russia and china will win world war 3.

  • Texas Patriot

    Whacking N. Korea will have many advantages. First, it will send a wake up call to Iran, i.e. "You're next". Second, it will confound the perpetually confused neo-conservatives who think that spending money, sacrificing American soldiers, and talking tough is the way to win wars. And third, it will be very funny.

  • Giles

    I dont find the possibilty of hundreds of thousands of innocent people losing their lives because USA wants total control of North Korea so it can advance its military bases and encircle China etc because its frightened of China`s major rise in economy and is taking the top spot from the US as a larger and richer super power.

    This worries the US and this is why it wants to crush North Korea and move in its military bases to try and keep China in check .

    But sorry…. Too late, as only fools don`t understand whats really is going on with the North Korea crisis.

    BLINKERED

  • Darian

    Biased rubbish this article is

  • Erik

    I believe North Korea feels this is their moment. With below poverty levels, years of propaganda and rhetoric to it's citizens, and children who grow up singing the great leader……I believe he is pushing all of his chips in and going for it this time! When you don't have an Education, you do stupid things…..And this is a nation built on Communism and Hatred. What Else could be the Result?

  • Delamare

    All the powers involved are interested in maintaining the status quo. This is a dance, a peacock display of power and influence. Those in power in North Korea win nothing by engaging militarily those outside their borders, but the leader wins a great deal by appearing defiant and unpredictable. The Chinese win a great deal by appearing to be the grown ups in the region, but undeterred by America. I think the North Koreans will sooner or later back down, and in the meantime China will have shown itself, once again, as the indispensible power. The Norks have a role to play in the great East Asian kabuki, nothing more, and the Dear Leader and his inner circle are kept fat (so fat!) and happy for it.

  • Texas Patriot

    I think America's best move is to prepare for any eventuality, hope N. Korea makes a stupid move, and then take care of the problem once and for all. I seriously doubt that N. Korea is that stupid, but after three generations of hysterical rhetoric, it is just possible that the newest Dear Leader actually believes it.

  • George

    This time there is gonna be war, more like a N.Korea wipeout, basically China already sold North Korea when they didn't backed up at the UN, see all the scalation after that and you will notice that China is moving to take part in the destruction of North Korea. They want a piece of the cake or maybe the whole cake.

  • scott

    So this all started in last 5 years? Every president so far has backed down from NK and China. The only country Regan every went at was Granada. He ran like a punk when 250 marines were blown up, closed the embassy and we left.

    Why didn't bush attack NK instead of Irag, that was where the WMD were.

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  • Jamie

    I say tell them to bring it on nun of them have the balls to do it

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    but.that.country’s.missing.two.things.cactuss.&.navajos.adios.guys..

  • http://troped.com/ R. E. Warner

    Please stop with the “Communist banker of his welfare state” nonsense. The US has around $16 trillion in outstanding debt and *most* of it is held by U.S. companies: Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Citibank, Bank of America. Around 7.5% is held by China. That does make them our largest foreign holder of US debt, but then again, their currency is pegged to ours. You can check the spreadsheet for yourself: http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/tic/Documents/mfh.txt