Many sources are reporting that China is testing their missiles on a ship that is located near North Korea. Although there is seemingly no specific mention of this on a major Chinese media site, these claims are backed up with a video, which shows Chinese troops using naval weapons. However, it is difficult to confirm the validity of this footage, or if it is near North Korea.
When you search through any of the major Chinese media outlets, Xinhua, CCTV, or People’s Daily, this story is seemingly missing, but this does not necessarily mean the story isn’t true in a world of military secrets. Recently, China’s armed forces have made an important announcement, as reported by all three main Chinese media outlets.
All branches of China’s military have recently pledged to obey Party leadership to “enhance combat readiness and build an indestructible army.” As reported by Xinhua, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is undergoing a “major military reshuffle” and is experiencing a period of reform as the future of the Korean peninsula is questionable.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang was recently quoted in Xinhua to express that the PLA’s intent is not to spark a war, but rather to protect the peace in the Korean peninsula, according to Kang:
“China is committed to denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, maintaining peace and stability there, and resolving problems through dialogue and consultation. China’s stance on this is unswerving.”
Kang also stated that China firmly opposes any words and actions that serve to increase the hostilities in the region. China is reportedly “seriously concerned” about the nuclear development in North Korea.
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) April 19, 2017
An article from People’s Daily expresses doubt that any U.S. attack could effectively destroy all North Korean nuclear capabilities before a retaliatory nuclear strike would occur, and asserts that the USA should instead be using diplomacy rather than flexing their military might, saying that “talks are the only way to resolve the issue.”
U.S. officials harbor a different opinion, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying that “diplomatic and other efforts” with North Korea have failed. Vice President Mike Pence also recently stated amidst a trip to the Korean peninsula that the time of “strategic patience” is over, as Trump ordered an Armada to Korea, but this armada has since taken a rather long detour and it is unclear if it is headed towards North Korea after all.