Skip to comments.Chinese Troops Stationed in N.Korean Special Zone
Posted on 01/16/2011 11:15:30 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Chinese troops have been stationed in the special economic zone of Rajin-Sonbong in North Korea, sources said Friday.
This would be the first time since Chinese troops withdrew from the Military Armistice Commission in the truce village of Panmunjom in December 1994 that they have been stationed in the North.
"Pyongyang and Beijing have reportedly discussed the matter of stationing a small number of Chinese troops in the Rajin-Sonbong region to guard port facilities China has invested in," a Cheong Wa Dae official said. "If it's true, they're apparently there to protect either facilities or Chinese residents rather than for political or military reasons."
How many of them are there is not known. The move is unusual since North Korea is constantly calling for U.S. forces to pull out of South Korea and stressing its "juche" or self-reliance doctrine.
A China-based source familiar with North Korean affairs said, "In the middle of the night around Dec. 15 last year, about 50 Chinese armored vehicles and tanks crossed the Duman (Tumen) River from Sanhe into the North Korean city of Hoeryong in North Hamgyong Province
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