China Threatens To Bomb North Korea's Nuclear Facilities If It Crosses Beijing's "Bottom Line"

Tyler Durden's picture

With everyone putting down new and/or revised "red lines", be it on Syria or North Korea, it was now China's turn to reveal its "red" or rather "bottom line", and in a harshly worded editorial titled "The United States Must Not Choose a Wrong Direction to Break the DPRK Nuclear Deadlock on Wednesday" Beijing warned it would attack North Korea's facilities producing nuclear bombs, effectively engaging in an act of war, if North Korea crosses China's "bottom line."

The editorial in the military-focused Global Times tabloid, owned and operated by the Communist Party's People's Daily newspaper, said that North Korea’s nuclear activities must not jeopardize northeastern China, and that if the North impacts China with its illicit nuclear tests through either "nuclear leakage or pollution", then China will respond with force.

“China has a bottom line that it will protect at all costs, that is, the security and stability of northeast China... If the bottom line is touched, China will employ all means available including the military means to strike back. By that time, it is not an issue of discussion whether China acquiesces in the US’ blows, but the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will launch attacks to DPRK nuclear facilities on its own."

This, as the editorial puts it, is the "bottom line" for China; should it be crossed China will employ all means available including the military means to strike back," warned the editorial.

It is worth noting is that shortly after publication, the article seems to have been retracted without explanation, the URL now returning a "404" error. However not before the original article was cached on a webpage owned by China Military, courtesy of google.

In the editorial, the author also declared that the "People's Liberation Army (PLA) will launch attacks to DPRK nuclear facilities on its own. A strike to nuclear facilities of the DPRK is the best military means in the opinion of the outside world." The northeastern Chinese provinces of Liaoning and Jilin share borders with North Korea. These two provinces and Heilongjiang are part of the Shenyang Military Region, one of seven military regions of the People's Liberation Army.

The editorial also explained the advantages to the world of a Chinese attack on North Korea's nuclear facilities.

It noted China and the world know the locations of North Korea's nuclear facilities. Once the PLA attacks these nuclear sites, North Korea will permanently suspend its nuclear weapons programs.
North Korea "has limited resources of nuclear materials and is strictly blockaded in the outside world, erasing the possibility for DPRK to get the materials again."

China also noted that "nuclear weapons is DPRK's trump card for its defiance of China and the United States. Once this card is lost, it will become obedient immediately."

The author then speculated rhetorically that if North Korea's "nuclear facilities are destroyed, they will not even fight back, but probably block the news to fool its domestic people. The DPRK will freak out if its nuclear facilities are destroyed." And yes, a Chinese author said "freak out."

The report also said that "the DPRK must not fall into the turmoil to send a large number of refugees, it is not allowed to have a government that is hostile against China on the other side of the Yalu River, and the US military must not push forward its forces to the Yalu River.” It notes that "this sentence is meant for the United States, because the premise of it is that the US military has launched attacks to the DPRK."

But what may be the most notable part of the oped is the mention in the Global Times editorial that North Korea will not be "not allowed to have a government that is hostile against China on the other side of the Yalu River."  This implies that if and when the US initiate strikes on NK, the Chinese PLA will likely send out troops "to lay the foundation" for a favorable post-war situation.

In other words, China may be just waiting for Trump to "decapitate" the North Korean regime, to pounce and immediately fill the power vacuum.

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Davidduke2000's picture

China never make such statements in a newspaper, when something serious coming from China's ruling party it goes through foreign affairs. it is not the first time the us-cia insert fake articles in a obscure newspaper that get picked up by small website and it moves fast to the MSM.

Unless a statement coming from official party website it is fake news.

Alok's picture

agree...  fake news or hacking..

trulz4lulz's picture

UMBRAGE, that is all.

HowdyDoody's picture


However, it has now been laundered by ZH so it must be true /sarc.


Dark star's picture

What the use of fake news means is that the reality is  different, unpleasant, and not going the way the neocons wanted.

China has its own agenda and is on good terms with Russia.

As far as the Russians, Chinese, Iranians and Syrians are concerned, the main problem is not North Korea, it is America.

Regardless of what their Governments say in public, a large number of people in the rest of the world agree.

And don't think for one moment I am anti American; I am not. I am on the side of those Americans who want to permanently end the Neocons grip on power.

Sizzurp's picture

Once war breaks out many things become unpredictable, however it does appear that Trump has placed the fat boy in a strong pincher move with no escape.

Davidduke2000's picture

a cornered Kim will use all what he has to defend his country, do not fall for the fake news.

SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

A cornered fat boy will use what he has to defend himself.  He could give a fuck about the country itself aside from its value to himself.  Actually makes him more dangerous IMHO

Pliskin's picture

I agree, but he did promise to build a wall on the border with Mexico!

king leon's picture

N/K have been exactly the same since the end of the Korean war, All threats no action no money no resorces that's why the US have left them alone, but now the  US need to break up Russia China alliance and see N/K as a means to unlock the Chinese door. China hate the US with a passion and won't want to see any US boots on the ground in N/K.

Anteater's picture

'So cheap. And so easy!'

Alok's picture

it's a hacking stuff...

NumberNone's picture

North Korea has been playing games since Bill Clinton was in office.  It's been a slow motion game of hide the nuclear salami with a willing US government.  NK was going to get a bomb, NK was going to tip missles with matter what the US government did or did not do diplomatically.  

I'm sure the normal diplomatic path would be to indefinitely look the other way and occassionally wave a stick at NK...then pray for a coup or Kim Jong Un to die choking a baloney the end some sort of conflict was going to happen.  Trump has accelerated the timeline...hopefully he cut a deal with China that works or get ready to enjoy some radiation tuna at your local sushi bar.   

FoggyWorld's picture

Really North Korea has accelerated things all by itself and clearly the Chinese have been watching things even more closely than we have.   The American movement of serious weaponry to that area now gives China the support it needs from the south.   And if tubby Kim doesn't understand he has been boxed in, China will take over North Korea.   That really would be a good answer for the indoctrinated people of NK and for China because the communication lines would be easy to open.

It won't make South Korea happy but hopefully when the dust settles we will leave.  Way overdue.   But Kim is psychotic and Lord only knows what he may do.

Duc888's picture



I could be wrong... I'm a little rusty on my history but is it true NK and border with SK is still legally an active war zone?  I'm pretty sure NK (or SK) never sued for peace.

Yog Soggoth's picture

If everyone knew what I know about seafood and parasites, every sushi joint in the country would close in days.

medium giraffe's picture

imperial campaign season already....  seems like christmas was just yesterday.

sudzee's picture

Start with NK and move on to SK and Japan. Be carefull what you ask for. 

Zero-Hegemon's picture

Two refts don't make a light

nah's picture

China should offer Kim Jong Un exile in Malaysia.
Place a 3D Kim Jong Nam hologram in charge of Pyongyang that can be operated by Beijing.
Kinda like 2Pac, you never give up!

Mr.Danglemeat's picture

mmmmm..we bomb you long, long time...mmmm.. you likee? 

Newspeaktogo's picture

If this story is true...Trump knows how to play a hand of 7 card stud pretty damn well. We'll see who rakes in the chips.

TheLastTrump's picture

Exactly. The fucking Democrats are furious at the thought that Trump may come out looking good on this one.


Watch the online paid trolling increase as the mainstream media shrilarity increases.

J Jason Djfmam's picture

It's gonna be a big, beautiful, mushroom cloud, and it's gonna be so easy.

johand inmywallet's picture

I was thinking the same thing. China will overthrow Kim and the NK government and install Hillary as the new dear leader.

Pliskin's picture

So China take NK and all those lovely Rare Earth materials and coal (For free) and push right up to the SK border with a few nukes or two...Haha

Winning!  (China not the U.S.)


Sizzurp's picture

If NK represents anything, it's a large obedient population willing to do long hours of back breaking labor for practically nothing. Someone will be making a lot of money when this is over.

trulz4lulz's picture

Forming your world view based on the Hollywood propaganda film The Interview, now? Or the sad propaganda stories of "little girls who escaped the horros of NK"?

Volkodav's picture

      yes   most everyone ignorant of rare earth resources

      short term thinkers miss this at serious disadvantage

Duc888's picture



Good.  Xi listened when he went to President Kushners keg party in FL.  Thank God for that.  Time for China to step up to the place and reel in fat Elvis.

TheLastTrump's picture

fuck your unsubstantiated allegations, jackass



Duc888's picture



Wow.  Ziiiiiiip.  Right over the top of your head.  Too funny.  Will you graduate 4th grade in a few weeks or are you gonna be held back and ride the short blue bus to school in sept?

TheLastTrump's picture

Oh look, China is working WITH Trump on North Korea.


So sorry leftist fuck trolls, one of your little lies just got exposed.


Quick, new memes! To the barricades!! Fresh narrative, stat!!

Non-Corporate Entity's picture

Gahahahaha!!!! I'm reading their comments...they're lost puppies.

Pliskin's picture

The Chinese told Trump, "Nah, we'll do it, your faggot army couldn't box eggs, now go back to TRYING to beat a load of goat herders in the middle east, we'll just wait until you're broke and bust, it won't be long now!"

Xie xie


Ecclesia Militans's picture

See, this is what happens when a "get shit done" guy is elected President.

Chinese Red Army rag couldn't get the wording right, probably because they were trying to publish it fast enough to get ahead of that carrier task force on its way to cook fat boy's goose once and for all.

And, oh by the way, hey Russia, watch a current generation Carrier make it all the way to its appointed battle station without breaking down or needing a tow, and actually get the mission underway from the intended target's own allied nation before it even gets on station.  And that is how you do THAT there, Vladimir....

Boris Gudonov's picture

Very well observed.  Get shit done gets it done.  I'm sure Trump and Xi have come to this decision jointly.  Nice work, Mr. President.


soyungato's picture

War works better than Viagra for impotent white trash. An imaginary win is enough for them to want to suck the cock of the one who betrayed them. 

Kat Daddy's picture

Hey, NK, Better hurry up getting those nukes together and scatter them around the country!

are we there yet's picture

For fun I want to hear what Dennis Rodman says about Kim and north Korea.

soyungato's picture

China is giving Trump a warning. We will take care of business ourselves and dont need you to bomb NK. We will not allow you to set up some puppet to replace NK.

Duc888's picture



Pretty much it was the oppositer of that.  Pres K told Xi to whack that fucking mole or we will go right up into your back yard and TCOB.

soyungato's picture

There is no contradiction between what you think Trump said to the Chinese and the Chinese editorial response. Trump said " Do somethign or we will do it for you" Chinese said, Fuck off we can do it ourselves and forget about encircling us even more. 

Duc888's picture



I understand that.  Some people (trolls) on here have a very big problem with time lines., and following them.

Battlefield USA's picture

Bull-Shit. There are even stories floating around that Elohimf Emperorf Trumpf's bombing of the Syrian airbase scared the shit out of Xi. As if Xi was quaking in his shoes as he was speaking to Trumpf, as Trumpf was bombing, to send a "message" to Xi.

More CIA/NSA/DoD propaganda.

Even IF Xi went into N.K., it would be N.K. in name only, and a perfect base for China's asperations in the S. China Sea. And Japan. And Taiwan.

Yeah. Elohimf Emporerf Trumpf's 3D super-duper chess.




MEFOBILLS's picture

At the end of all this, there will still be a buffer state between South Korea and China.  China doesn't want South Koreans rolling in.  Nor do they want American's on their border.

Don't forget, S Korea is a major industrial powerhouse.