South Korean Paper Reports China Has Deployed 150,000 Troops To North Korea Border

Things are getting very interesting in Asia, to say the least. What to make out of this event is yet to be seen, but we could guess as to what’s going on, assuming a war is about to break out:

  • Donald Trump and Xi Jinping made a deal to solve the North Korean threat once and for all.
  • China is reacting to an ultimatum by President Trump to solve the problem, or America will.
  • China is acting on its own in a race against America to take out North Korea and occupy it before an American attack is feasible.

Whether it’s teamwork or sabre rattling against the West or North Korea, we’ll find out soon. One thing is for sure, though, and that is to say China doesn’t want America to unite the peninsula. That would mean land-wise, America has more options (than South Korea, Japan, et al) to contain China.

 

While the catalyst is unclear, it appears the market dropped as headlines of further sanctions against Russia appeared and reports of China deploying 150,000 troops to its North Korea border.

According to Korean news agency Chosun, the “Chinese army has deployed about 150,000 troops to the North Korean border in two groups to prepare for unforeseen circumstances.” The reason: the prospect of “military options”, such as preemptive attacks on North Korea, like the one the United States launched on Syria. Continue reading

US enhances nuclear strike capability at Guam: Sankei Shimbun

The United States is enhancing its nuclear strike capability at Guam for a potential confrontation against China in the Far East, the Tokyo-based Sankei Shimbun reported on July 30. Continue reading

Abe says Japan’s pacifist constitution may be revised by 2020

TOKYO – Japan’s nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said the country’s pacifist post-World War II constitution which limits its military to self-defence could be amended by 2020.

In a New Year comment published in the conservative daily Sankei Shimbun on Wednesday, Abe predicted the constitution “will have been revised” by 2020 when Tokyo hosts the Summer Olympics. Continue reading

Chinese fund sells off Japanese investments in retaliation

The Chinese government may withdraw investments in Japan as a way to retaliate against the United States and Japan for opposing China’s newly established air defense identification zone. A shareholder listed as SSBT OD05 Omnibus China Treaty 808150, which is widely considered a Chinese sovereign fund, has reduced its Japanese investment by 600 billion yen (US$5.8 billion) between March and September this year, according to our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily and the Tokyo-based Sankei Shimbun. Continue reading