CHINA MOBILIZING TROOPS, JETS NEAR NORTH KOREAN BORDER, US OFFICIALS SAY

Fox News on April 1, 2013, published a Washington Free Beacon report on China having placed military forces on heightened alert in the northeastern part of the country as tensions mount on the Korean peninsula following recent threats by Pyongyang to attack. Excerpts below:

…the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) recently increased its military posture in response to the heightened tensions, specifically North Korea’s declaration of a “state of war” and threats to conduct missile attacks against the United States and South Korea.

According to the officials, the PLA has stepped up military mobilization in the border region with North Korea since mid-March, including troop movements and warplane activity.

China’s navy also conducted live-firing naval drills by warships in the Yellow Sea…near the Korean peninsula, in apparent support of North Korea, which was angered by ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills…

North Korea, meanwhile, is mobilizing missile forces, including road-mobile short- and medium-range missiles, according to officials familiar with satellite imagery of missile bases.

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