Apr 12, 2017
If carefully read, the Chinese statement doesn’t constitute are realistic threat to NK. It is typical of Chinese military and diplomatic propensity to use deceptive language.
The Chinese Global Times said, “China has a bottom line that it will protect at all costs, that is, the security and stability of northeast China… If the bottom line is touched, China will employ all means available including the military means to strike back. By that time, it is not an issue of discussion whether China acquiesces in the US’ blows, but the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will launch attacks to DPRK nuclear facilities on its own.”
While this ambiguous statement may sound like China is going to attack NK, it appears this is in the context of “countering blows by the US---not NK” It’s apparent pretext for using force against NK is only to prevent “either nuclear leakage or pollution,” which is hardly a realistic pretext for launching attacks---which would cause even more pollution.