Jan 18, 2011
Beijing denied Monday that it was in talks with North Korea about stationing Chinese troops in the isolated state.
Foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said a plan to deploy troops “does not exist”, when he was asked about a report that appeared in South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper at the weekend.
The Chosun Ilbo on Saturday cited an official at the South’s presidential Blue House as saying Beijing and Pyongyang had discussed details about stationing Chinese soldiers in the city of Rason in North Korea.
The anonymous official said the soldiers would protect China’s port facilities there, while a senior South Korean security official was quoted as saying it would also allow China to intervene in case of North Korean instability.
This article was posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 5:13 am