Washington Free Beacon 
December 10, 2013
China’s military is holding large-scale military maneuvers near the North Korean border amid new signs of political instability in Pyongyang.
U.S. military intelligence assets in Asia—including satellites, aircraft and ships—are monitoring the war games by the 39th Army Group that are part of the Shenyang military region.
A defense official said the war games are routine winter training and do not appear related to the ouster of No. 2 North Korean leader Jang Song Thaek, confirmed by the Pyongyang regime Sunday night.
The official pointed to a Chinese military newspaper report on the exercises.