15 Jan '11, 7am

China to station troops in N. Korea

SEOUL : China is in discussions with North Korea about stationing its troops in the isolated state for the first time since 1994, according to a South Korean newspaper. The Chosun Ilbo newspaper quoted an anonymous official at the presidential Blue House as saying that Beijing and Pyongyang recently discussed details of stationing Chinese soldiers in the North's northeastern city of Rason. The official said the soldiers would protect Chinese port facilities, but the location also gives access to the Sea of Japan (East Sea), while a senior security official was quoted as saying it would allow China to intervene in case of North Korean instability. A spokeswoman for the Blue House said she had no information. "North Korea and China have discussed the issue of stationing a small number of Chinese troops to protect China-invested port facilities" in the Rason special economic ...

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