The Pentagon released a report concerning China on Wednesday; the report detailed that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has contingency plans to intervene in North Korea, the Washington Times reported.
“Relations between the two communist nations remain strained and last year were at the lowest level in decades.
“According to the report, China fears North Korea’s provocative nuclear and missile tests will set off a regional conflict. Beijing wants stability, a denuclearized peninsula and no U.S. forces near its borders.”
“China’s priority is maintaining stability on the Korean peninsula, which includes preventing a [North Korean] collapse and preventing a military conflict on the peninsula,” the report said.
China issued statements regarding North Korea, including suggestions the PLA will be used to respond to a Korean crisis.
The response could include options ranging from “securing the China-North Korea border to prevent the flow of refugees, to a military intervention into North Korea.”
If China does attack North Korea, forces from the Northern Theater, formerly the Shenyang military region, would be deployed.
Three group armies in China’s Northern Theater contain about 170,000 troops, a naval fleet, two air force bases, one air support division, two naval aviation divisions, and People’s Armed Police (PAP) units that are used to conduct border defense operations. Other forces would be called on from other Chinese theaters to support an invasion.
“In response to a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incident on the Korean peninsula, the PLA could deploy emergency-response units with specialized equipment and personnel who routinely train for rapid responses,” the report said.