China Has Detailed Plans in Case of N. Korea Collapse

Contingency plans leaked to Japanese media
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2014 10:26 AM CDT
China Has Detailed Plans in Case of N. Korea Collapse
In this July 27, 2013 photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves to war veterans during a mass military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea.   (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

China apparently doesn't have a whole lot of faith in Kim Jong Un's leadership abilities: Beijing has documented contingency plans in the event of a North Korean regime collapse, and they were recently leaked to Japanese media, the Telegraph reports. Among the plans:

  • Detain important North Korean military and political leaders in special camps and monitor them, but also protect them from rival factions or other military powers (likely a reference to the US).
  • Increase monitoring of the China-North Korea border.
  • Create refugee camps along the border in case of civil unrest.
  • Question anyone who attempts to enter the country and refuse anyone who could be dangerous.

"I am sure that the US and South Korea have extensive plans in place, but the release of Chinese measures is new," an expert explains. The Guardian reports that China has denied making any such plans, but experts still say the leaked plans could be legitimate. (More China stories.)

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