A Chinese military adviser has warned China to be prepared for war in the Korean Peninsula, but not to sacrifice as much as it did in the 1950s.
Speaking on the
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“[China] must adjust the force deployment along northeastern borders ... and prepare militarily and diplomatically for all potential risks as soon as possible,” Wang said in the Global Times, a newspaper under the party mouthpiece People’s Daily.
Wang, a former military attaché to Russia, is a senior consultant at the China Society for International Strategy, a think tank headed by Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of Joint Staff of the Central Military Commission.
The threats Wang named – besides North Korea’s tests – included the United States’ decision to send an aircraft carrier, strategic bombers and nuclear submarines to South Korean and Japanese bases, and the deployment of an anti-ballistic missile system in South Korea.
Wang’s comments came as foreign vice-minister Zhang Yesui pledged support for a strong resolution at the UN Security Council to punish Pyongyang after its rocket launch and nuclear test. “We support a new and strong resolution,” Zhang said on Tuesday.
In the article, Wang suggested that China start planning to deal with potential cross-border nuclear pollution were the US, Japan or South Korea to strike North Korean nuclear facilities, as well as to prepare for a massive influx of refugees or guerrillas from the North.
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Wang said Beijing must persuade Pyongyang against developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, and that North Korea would face a “national disaster” if war broke out.
“Once the war starts ... China cannot again make a national sacrifice for an unadvisable regime,” Wang said.
In the Korean War from 1950 to 1953, 180,000 Chinese soldiers were killed helping Pyongyang fight the South and a US-led coalition. Last week, Fu Ying, chairwoman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the parliament, said China had no control over North Korea.
Additional reporting by Kyodo