BEIJING China denied on Thursday that it experienced amplified its troop existence on the border with North Korea just after the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean chief Kim Jong Un in Malaysia.
Reports routinely circulate at periods of heightened tension on the Korean peninsula of China sending troops to the border, which China always denies.
South Korean and U.S. officers say the North Korean leader’s half brother, Kim Jong Nam, was assassinated by North Korean brokers. North Korea has not acknowledged his demise.
Some Hong Kong media final week described that China experienced sent a lot more soldiers to the border just after Kim was attacked at Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb. 13.
“As for the reports you talked about of the People’s Liberation Army rising troops on the Chinese-North Korean border, they are fully baseless and fully fabricated,” protection ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang instructed a month to month news briefing.
He did not elaborate.
Kim experienced spoken out publicly in the previous against his family’s dynastic management of the isolated, nuclear-armed state. He experienced been dwelling in the Chinese territory of Macau under Beijing’s security.
China is reclusive North Korea’s most vital remaining ally, but China has been angered by its missile and nuclear assessments and has signed up for many rounds of U.N. sanctions against North Korea at the same time as pushing for a diplomatic resolution via talks.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard Enhancing by Robert Birsel)