War in North Korea could break out ‘any time between now and March’, warns Chinese military experts as Beijing launches drills in Sea of Japan

Monday, December 18, 2017
By Paul Martin

Chinese ex-senior official warns that Korean war can break out ‘any time’
He told newspaper Beijing should start mobilising troops in Northeast China
China carried out military drill involving war planes in Sea of Japan on Monday

8 December 2017

A war in North Korea could break out ‘any time between now and March 2018’, a Chinese former senior military official has warned.

Lieutenant General Wang Hongguang told Chinese state media that Beijing should be mentally prepared for war on the Korean peninsula at any moment, and should start mobilising troops in Northeast China.

His warning came the day before China sent several warplanes on a long-range drill to the Sea of Japan, a move that prompted South Korea to scramble fighter jets.

‘The war on the Korean Peninsula might break out anytime between now and March next year,’ General Hongguang told Chinese state-run English language newspaper Global Times.

‘China should be psychologically prepared for a potential Korean war, and the Northeast China regions should be mobilized for that.’

‘Such mobilization is not to launch a war, but for defensive purposes,’ he added.

Monday’s military drill saw the Chinese air force dispatched bombers, fighters and reconnaissance planes through the Tsushima Strait to the Sea of Japan to ‘test its ocean combat ability.’

‘This is a regular annual training arrangement of China’s air force that accords with the relevant international laws and practices and it isn’t aimed at any particular state, region and target,’ air force spokesman Shen Jinke said in a statement.

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