Korean Peninsula Tension Escalates, Chinese Military
in Combat Readiness
Following declaring the Korean Peninsula in a “state of war”
by nullifying the Armistice Agreement and
cutting off inter-Korean military hotline, North Korea threatened
to fully activate all its nuclear facilities on March 31.
Chinese troops were said to mobilize to the border
and the army, navy and air forces were ordered to level one alert status, the highest combat readiness state.
According to an Associated Press report on April 1, U.S.
intelligence reported the Chinese People’s Liberation Army
(PLA) has mobilized its forces and stepped up its military
activity on the Sino-Korean border since mid-March.
It was reported,"the troops were part of the 190th Mechanized
Infantry Brigade, stationed in Benxi, in Liaoning Province.”
Low-flying PLA fighters were heard and seen at several
border locations in China, and, “China’s navy also conducted live-firing naval drills by warships in the Yellow Sea."
“Large groups of soldiers were seen on the streets in Ji’an,"
city of Jilin province, amid reports that
“the PLA had been ordered to combat readiness status,"
and “PLA heavy armored vehicles,
including tanks and armored personnel carriers,
were reported moving near the Yalu River that separates China from North Korea."
The report also stated that North Korea
is “mobilizing missile forces,
including road-mobile short and medium-range missiles"
believed to be “North Korea’s response
to the ongoing U.S.-South Korean military exercises."
US Secretary of State John Kerry held talks
in Washington on the afternoon of April 2 with his South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung-Se.
Washington has also deployed two US destroyers
to the South Korean sea.
Two F-22 stealth fighters were deployed to South Korea
on March 31 to support Foal Eagle exercise, the ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills.
Kerry said, “What Kim Jong Un has been choosing
to do is provocative.
It is dangerous, reckless and the United States
will not accept (North Korea) as a nuclear state."
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned,
“The current crisis has already gone too far,"and,
“there is no need for the DPRK to be on a collision course
with the international community."
Is a war ahead with the current intense situation?
Shi Yuanhua, Senior Research Fellow of Department
of Diplomacy at Fudan University did not believe
the tightened tension in the Korean Peninsula
will lead to a war.
Shi Yuanhua: “I believe North Korea is engaged in a
verbal threat. It is more like a rivalry between the two nations.
I believe their tension has come to an end and it’s time
to conduct a talk between the two sides."
Political commentator Wu Fan had
two hypotheses regarding the peninsula war.
One is that war can happen anytime without planning.
Wu Fan: “The other is that war is out of the question.
Kim Jong-un is manipulating the situation to control
his power, his internal target.
Externally, it’s a way for him to get the U.S.
to negotiate with him."
Why would Communist China mobilize its army?
According to the Associated Press report, U.S."officials said the Chinese military activities appear to be based on
concerns about a new outbreak of conflict between North Korea and South Korea and the United States."
The U.S. officials believe “China’s main fear for its fraternal
communist client regime in North Korea is a collapse of order that leads to large-scale refugee flows into China."
Political commentator Lin Zixu indicated that
Communist China has been losing its allies these years.
The unprecedented isolation will be particularly hard
for Communist China to deal with if the North Korean regime collapsed.
Lin Zixu said, “China wants to keep North Korea
out of its own insecurity.
However, it’s still at the state of
acting (with the military exercises)."