Beijing has been secretly preparing for the collapse of North Korea

posted at 8:21 pm on May 5, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

That China has contingency plans on the books concerning the possible implosion of their starving communist gulag state of a neighbor certainly isn’t much of a surprise. China is North Korea’s last major economic and financial supporter, supplying the country with food, weapons, and energy, and headache-inducing, saber-rattling, off-the-wall, costly annoyance that North Korea may be for the Chinese, they are still fellow communists, after all — and that means covering their collective behind in the event of collapse and especially preventing any undesirable foreign influence from entering the region. (Hint: They’re talking about us/South Korea.) Via the Telegraph:

China has drawn up detailed contingency plans for the collapse of the North Korean government, suggesting that Beijing has little faith in the longevity of Kim Jong-un’s regime.

Documents drawn up by planners from China’s People’s Liberation Army that were leaked to Japanese media include proposals for detaining key North Korean leaders and the creation of refugee camps on the Chinese side of the frontier in the event of an outbreak of civil unrest in the secretive state.

The report calls for stepping up monitoring of China’s 879-mile border with North Korea.

Any senior North Korean military or political leaders who could be the target of either rival factions or another “military power,” thought to be a reference to the United States, should be given protection, the documents state. …

The report suggests “foreign forces” could be involved in an incident that leads to the collapse of internal controls in North Korea, resulting to millions of refugees attempting to flee.

It’s also no secret that China’s patience with North Korea has been growing particularly thin of late, brought on by their bizarre delusions of nuclear grandeur. Just last month, China was again finding it necessary to remind the NorKs that they would do well to toe the line on that front:

China said Thursday it will not permit chaos on its doorstep, in another thinly veiled warning to its wayward ally North Korea amid indications that the North is technically ready to conduct a fresh nuclear test.

“Peace and stability is in the immediate interests of China. We will by no means allow war or chaos to occur on our doorstep,” China’s foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters, when asked about the possibility of a fourth nuclear test by North Korea.

The comments by Qin echo those of Chinese leaders, but were the strongest yet by the Chinese foreign ministry in response to recent reports that North Korea appears to have completed technical preparations for a nuclear test.


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And I suppose we are prepared also, huh.

crankyoldlady on May 5, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Not good.

davidk on May 5, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Thank goodness Bubba didn’t enable them to develop atomic weapons — in the same way Barky is dealing with the Iranians …

ShainS on May 5, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Not if Obama can make voters out of them first

faraway on May 5, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Somebody needs to step on the NorKs. Obama sure as hell won’t.

predator on May 5, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Thank you and bless you, Erika, for writing “toe the line” instead of “tow the line”!

Bat Chain Puller on May 5, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Wow, EVERYBODY realizes they can do ANYTHING while The Won is ‘in control’!

Tard on May 5, 2014 at 8:34 PM

China is North Korea’s last major economic and financial supporter, supplying the country with food, weapons, and energy, and headache-inducing, saber-rattling, off-the-wall, costly annoyance that North Korea may be for the Chinese, they are still fellow communists, after all — and that means covering their collective behind in the event of collapse and especially preventing any undesirable foreign influence from entering the region.

62 words!

Akzed on May 5, 2014 at 8:36 PM

I hope we are …as well.

CW on May 5, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Faster….please…

Another Drew on May 5, 2014 at 8:37 PM

I’m so shocked you could knock me over with a 16 ton weight.

rbj on May 5, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Leaving aside Our First Fem President for a moment, why didn’t one of our Two-Nuts Presidents drop a very large bomb on that piss farm years ago?

Jaibones on May 5, 2014 at 8:38 PM

CW on May 5, 2014 at 8:37 PM

We’re as prepared for the collapse of NorKor just as we were for any violence that may have cropped up on the anniversary of 9/11.

Aren’t you reassured with The Lightworker in charge?

Another Drew on May 5, 2014 at 8:39 PM

China’s only reacting, because it knows that Obama is really pissed.

HiJack on May 5, 2014 at 8:40 PM

China finds North Korea very useful or they would have killed their rulers by now.

VorDaj on May 5, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Bat Chain Puller on May 5, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Yes.

predator on May 5, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Leaving aside Our First Fem President for a moment, why didn’t one of our Two-Nuts Presidents drop a very large bomb on that piss farm years ago?

Jaibones on May 5, 2014 at 8:38 PM

WW3.

ThePrez on May 5, 2014 at 8:45 PM

It makes perfect sense for the Chinese to take steps to prevent chaos or war on their border.

rlwo2008 on May 5, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Doesn’t appear to be all that secret to me.

bgibbs1000 on May 5, 2014 at 8:56 PM

China’s only reacting, because it knows that Obama is really pissed.

HiJack on May 5, 2014 at 8:40 PM

No. They haven’t taken Taiwan yet…..

WryTrvllr on May 5, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Li’l Kim is too drunk to care.

Philly on May 5, 2014 at 8:58 PM

China should just send Jimmy Carter back to Pyongyang. He’s solve everything, just like he did 20 years ago…

jon1979 on May 5, 2014 at 9:00 PM

They’re both experienced with gulags.

Bishop on May 5, 2014 at 9:04 PM

And nobody’s madder about NK than Obama.

307wolverine on May 5, 2014 at 9:20 PM

“Civil unrest” isn’t very likely, as starving people generally are too weak to make up a genuinely dangerous mob. Also, it doesn’t happen in states with armies which are trained and entirely willing to massacre the peasants if they get out of line.

The more likely scenario is an attempted “in-house” or (even more likely) military coup against Mini-Kim. And so far, he seems to have stayed one step ahead of that possibility by executing anyone whose loyalty he isn’t absolutely certain of, including some of his relatives. A policy he inherited from Big Kim and Lil’ Kim both. (In a lot of ways, North Korea has been a real-life version of The Godfather or The Sopranos for the last seven decades.)

If Mini-Kim ever feels he is in danger of being overthrown, look for him to surprise everybody.

By using his missiles, with nuclear warheads, to hit any foreign target he can reach, and as many targets in different “hostile” countries as he can target. In a reversion to the old Cold War nightmare scenario of “Third World dictator with ICBMs nukes Washington and Moscow simultaneously to set off World War Three.”

The old objection was, “Nobody is that insane”.

Mini-Kim?

Probably is that gerbil-f**king nuts.

clear ether

eon

eon on May 5, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Beijing has been secretly preparing for the collapse of North Korea

…do they have a video?

KOOLAID2 on May 5, 2014 at 9:34 PM

If North Korea is about to economically collapse, perhaps the best strategy is a military invasion of South Korea–quickly overwhelming the small American force at exposed Camp Casey and hold them for ransom. The release of 10,000 captured American military and civilian personnel is contingent upon $100 billion in aid. After that the communists can follow Obama’s receding red lines to Seoul, Pusan, Japan, Guam, Hawaii and San Francisco.

MaiDee on May 5, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Thank you and bless you, Erika, for writing “toe the line” instead of “tow the line”!

Bat Chain Puller on May 5, 2014 at 8:32 PM

.
Awwwwww, but you could have suggested “tow the lion.”

ExpressoBold on May 5, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Mr. Obama has voted present as China tested him from airspace to economics. RSOI/UFL was a waste of time and money. The Chinese know the time is right to trigger a conflict and have their own Crimea in unifying the peninsula under Chinese “protection” while we offer a Bengazi/Syria/Ukraine response. The Republic of South Korea and Japan should be horrified.

Pistonhead on May 5, 2014 at 9:54 PM

This won’t end well for young Kim.

BacaDog on May 5, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Just because they have plans doesn’t mean they are about to do anything. Every country with any sense other than our own has just in case plans. It’s a job for think tanks.

crankyoldlady on May 5, 2014 at 10:07 PM

The greatest danger of a major war in Asia is North Korea falls apart or goes nuts at the end. South Korean forces (back by the U.S.) invades to stop the madman in his last throw of the dice or to restore order after a collapse, but Chinese forces come in from the North to establish order and a buffer zone…then we have the wonders of South Korean/U.S. and Chinese military forces coming into contact with each other somewhere in North Korea…

Talk about a dangerous situation. The South Koreans are not going to back down considering that reunification will be so close, and the Chinese are going to want their stupid buffer state, and frankly don’t want a reunified Korea.

BTW: I think the South Korean military will surprise the heck out of the Chinese, at first at least..with help from U.S. (mostly air and naval forces) they might be able to the take the Chinese at least for most of North Korea and hold them off.

William Eaton on May 5, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Makes me wonder if this photo from May 2 isn’t related to this story…. just sayin’

iceman1960 on May 5, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Leaving aside Our First Fem President for a moment, why didn’t one of our Two-Nuts Presidents drop a very large bomb on that piss farm years ago?

Jaibones on May 5, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Because then we would be responsible for it. The best thing for the world, cruel as it sounds, would be for every Nork to starve to death.

slickwillie2001 on May 5, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Anyone else kind of have that gut feeling, that Kim Jong Un not going to last much longer than King Joffrey did?

Wallythedog on May 5, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Leaving aside Our First Fem President for a moment, why didn’t one of our Two-Nuts Presidents drop a very large bomb on that piss farm years ago?

Jaibones on May 5, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Because then we would be responsible for it. The best thing for the world, cruel as it sounds, would be for every Nork to starve to death.

slickwillie2001 on May 5, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Cold as ice and cruel as Stalin, but undeniably true.

We drop the bomb on them at this point and we’re forked in the eyes of the world. SK would hate us for salting the earth on half their peninsula. China would hate us for setting off a nuke so close to their homeland. BOTH would be furious at any fallout on their territory.

The time to drop bombs was when we had the Norks so far on the run north that we ‘accidentally’ blew a half-dozen craters in China’s southern edge to forestall reinforcements and give an unmistakable “back the **** off or else” to them. Now is far too late.

LawfulGood on May 6, 2014 at 12:38 AM

The first thing we will notice is that on the 38th parallel, the skinny guards are replaced with healthier more well fed guards…who just so happen to NOT speak a word of Korean. But I’ll bet their Mandarin is top notch! Beijing will become the “care taker” regime in place of the Korean one. In the end, NK will still be a communist strong hold, just under new management.

markingermany on May 6, 2014 at 3:57 AM

China can “collapse” North Korea any time it wants.

The only question is if the leadership of North Korea can be purchased or if they would need to be killed. This story would be more surprising if it said that China has no contingency plans.

pilsener on May 6, 2014 at 9:15 AM

China finds North Korea very useful or they would have killed their rulers by now.

VorDaj on May 5, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Alternately, China (rightly) thinks the Kims have screwed up North Korea so badly that it won’t be good for much for a long time, even if the Chinese do dispose of the Kims and impose some saner slave camp administrators.

David Blue on May 7, 2014 at 6:22 AM