China braces army for North Korea emergency as attack choppers moved to border

Saturday, July 1, 2017
By Paul Martin

CHINA has deployed attack helicopters on North Korea’s doorstep and is preparing for an emergency as tensions escalate.

By Michael Havis
1st July 2017

Soldiers are facing intensive drills in Jilin province, which comprises most of China’s border with the North.

It is part of a plan to “vigorously strengthen” the troops’ training, Chinese-language articles claim.

And it’ll leave them better prepared for “emergencies” says Beijing-based news site

Elite troops from the 15th Airborne Army – the Chinese equivalent of the SAS – have also been sent to Jilin for the first time.

It’s a unit that gained experience fighting in the North during the last Korean war, Sina Military Net reports.

Other photos show WZ-10 attack helicopters, known as Fierce Thunderbolts, at a Jilin airbase ahead of a live-fire exercise.

The movements are a direct response to the escalating situation on the Korean Peninsula, according to Chinese-language website Mingjing News.

It comes as US President Donald Trump heaps pressure on Beijing to rein in Pyongyang, a long-time ally that depends on Chinese support.

For months there’s been talk of a Chinese fuel blockade against North Korea, and now one oil giant is known to be taking part.

The state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation, the country’s biggest energy firm, has stopped sales to Pyongyang.

An insider called it a “commercial decision” and said selling to Kim Jong-un ‘s regime was “no longer worth the risks”.

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