Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi believes there may be a conflict between the US and North Korea as soon as this Easter weekend. Mr Wang said, “One has the feeling that a conflict could break out at any moment and if war occurred there could be no winner.” Wang’s comments come as the United States vows to stop North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons only days after deploying the USS Carl Vinson super-carrier naval attack group to the Korean peninsula.
China fears any conflict could cause the regime to collapse which could send a flood of refugees across the Chinese border border. In preparation, China has deployed 150,000 army troops on their shared border with North Korea.
“We call on all parties to refrain from provoking and threatening each other, whether in words or actions, and not let the situation get to an irreversible and unmanageable stage,” Wang added.
All the international players agree it’s quite strange that days after meeting with Trump, China’s president suddenly turned away 2 million tons of coal from North Korea while claiming to support the dictatorship. In addition, while coal for Chinese steel plants is North Korea’s biggest export, China is suddenly buying the bulk of their coal from the United States. Intelligence insiders believe China is playing both sides, but all evidence shows they’re preparing for the end of Kim Jong Un’s regime.
Here’s a BBC article with the latest.