China¡¯s military has initiated a number of measures in preparation for a possible regime collapse in North Korea, a leaked military document suggests.
Japan¡¯s Kyodo News said Saturday it had obtained a document published last summer detailing increased surveillance along selected border areas in tandem with the dispatch of a number of military personnel. The establishment of camps was similarly floated as a potential measure to cope with a large influx of refugees, the article claimed.
North Korea is not explicitly named in the document, but is referred to as ¡°our country¡¯s northeastern neighbor,¡± and ¡°the country next door with the hereditary system.¡±
¡°As foreign shows of force are out of our control, a situation could arise whereby our country faces an influx of military units via the border regions. There is concern that this circumstance could allow a foothold of resistance to form among refugees and breakaway soldiers,¡± the document allegedly stated.
Moreover, ¡°Under these circumstances teams must be dispatched to border regions including ¡®reconnaissance groups¡¯ to assess the situation, ¡®investigation groups¡¯ to question those who come into [China], ¡®blockade groups¡¯ that prevent the influx of threats, and ¡®armed groups¡¯ to defend against hostile powers.¡±
It was further suggested that camps able to house a maximum of 1500 people each be established at various locations along the border, with a protection mechanism in place to prevent the assassination of key military and political figures.
¡°Key figures must be moved to a separate investigation facility to ensure they cannot command any military activity nor band together with other forces [already in China],¡± the document continued.
The report is as yet unverified.