Multiple sources reported to us in January and July 2011 that, "The North's recent military provocation on China is a scheme to leverage economic support."
According to the sources, North Korea has caused tension with China by setting up 10 army corps in Yangkang province bordering China, in September 2010. In July 2011, it moved the ninth army corps concentrated near Chongjin city of North Hamgyong province, to the border area which was vexing to China. The expansion of a helicopter squadron at Hyesan airfield signals that there will be larger scale joint operations of the army and air forces.
One of the sources further commented that, "The media says North Korea is preparing for an emergency situation where it might have to defend itself from the People's Liberation Army of China. However, it is more accurate to view that the North has taken these actions as part of its elaborate plan to pressure China.
China has been keeping an eye on these movements and is well aware of North Korea's intention, but is turning a blind eye for the sake of political, and economic interests intertwined with the North. This interest may refer to the secret military pact between two countries made in order to back up with military forces, the development of a pacific ocean seaway connecting Rajin, Chongjin and other sea ports.
Translation by Hoyeon Choi Supervised by Samuel Martens
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