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It is worth noting is that shortly after publication, the article seems to have been retracted without explanation, the URL now returning a "404" error.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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pine_marten's picture

Taking this information at face value it looks as though China is going to annex NK.

az_patriot's picture

Trump is being VASTLY underestimated by the leftist retards and tinfoil hat crowd.  The Russia conspiracy narrative has been debunked and its proponents de-clawed, and Trump is in command of the negotiative tactics, which are a mixture of military presence (not war) and resolve. Obama would be wringing his hands and on his knees begging forgiveness to China, NK, Syria, and the Russians by now.

Knowitall anti-Trumptards will downvote in 3-2-1...

Bill of Rights's picture

Spot on and fuck you Democrat Operatives who have taken over the Trump is bad narrative, you stick out like a sore thumb....losers.

PleasedToMeatYou's picture

Always inspired to confidence in the arguments of those using that venerable rhetorical device: "-tards". 

They never seem to get tard of it. 

Bill of Rights's picture

So which one are you? The Re? or the Tard?

Davidduke2000's picture

Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.
- Samuel Johnson

Battlefield USA's picture

That is absolutely HILARIOUS!

The lib-tards are fawning all over your Elohimf Emporerf Trumpf... although they believe he needs to BOMB Insane McCain more.

WHILE: Democrats Call For Anti-War Congresswoman To Be Ousted From Office

Maybe this will help you out.

Or this will.

Okay, maybe this.

The hilariousness is amusing in that if Hillary Clinton had been elected, you orgasmic loin gyrators to Elohimf Emporerf Trumpf would have been squealing for her head. But, but, but... it's Elohimf Emperorf Trumpf, who makes us jizz all over ourselves!

khaproperty's picture

This is not directly a announcement to destroy NK nuclear assets. Only in case of danger for China through illicit tests or nuclear leackage it will force NK. Development of nuclear weapons still is allowed. But exactly this will US not accept. So they must agree who strikes NK  - now.

TheOpposition.'s picture

Once NK leadership is taken out; then SK moves in and its just Korea. The south will show the north all the technology, history & shit they have missed out on for the last 7 decades and then the Koreans will be reunited like zeee germans were after the wall came down.
This will have a nice ending.
Only problem i can see for an aftermath will be when the Jews take over the Norths banking etc!!!

Battlefield USA's picture

NK has 13,000 plus artillery pieces. 60 to 70 percent of those pieces are hidden in the hills and mountains overlooking the DMZ. According to the DoD, NK can fire 500,000 rounds into Seoul SK and elsewhere in SK in one hour. This does not include NK's missiles/rockets of various types.

It is ESTIMATED that it would take the US/SK forces 5 days or more to silence those 13,000 artillery pieces. You do the math. And you do the math of how many US cruise missiles and aircraft sorties it would take to silence those pieces.

Even without NK nukes, if NK goes full retard, you are talking about a SK blood-bath.

MEFOBILLS's picture

NK has 13,000 plus artillery pieces. 60 to 70 percent of those pieces are hidden in the hills and mountains overlooking the DMZ. 


You are not thinking big enough.  Seoul can be evacuated in advance.  Everytime they fire an artillery piece, counterbattery fire locates and destroys.  NK has already lost.  NK cannot control their airspace.

Don't forget about SK military and its in-place weapons.

GETrDun's picture

Fook mi? NO? Fook yu!

Non-Corporate Entity's picture

Sorry you Trump bashing, Kim loving snowflakes, this is the real world. You're running out of ships to jump from and Putins ship has no vacancy. Now look in the mirror and learn to love yourselves!

Fireman's picture

Can you translate that gobble de gook into some kind of sense making sentence...?

Jethro Dull's picture

As soon as everything cools off from this one (however hot that may be), Iran will be next.


Debugas's picture

most likely NK will nuke Seul making it fukushima 2.0

Kaeako's picture

Just as expected, China tells the United States to piss off its turf. North Korea was, is and will be a Chinese buffer and that's not changing. That's the essence of this deleted editorial.

Mr.Danglemeat's picture

There better be some "Comfort Women" available to our troops! And as far as being politically incorrect, there will be no "Comfort Men" for the service-grrrls, there's five thousand of your shipmates who are already having imaginary sex with you every day...

So, to make herself attractive to every male on board, there are two things a servicegrrrl can wear behind her ears;....





..her ankles.

metanoic's picture

Should the US "regime change" NK does anyone really think China will sit back and let the US commence governmental puppet theater on their border ?

Falconsixone's picture

May save someones Seoul if the SK's offer Un an island rather than death. 

Got any food bro?

DeathMerchant's picture

No but I do think that the US will allow China to  turn NK into another HongKong type arrangement

metanoic's picture

China might go for that momentarily but I think China at this point, considers the US 'allowing' them to do things a thing of the past.

BrownCoat's picture

About "regime change"...

Not a US puppet, but a Chinese selected China puppet. 

Falconsixone's picture

Kick the shit out of China Com, Kim Bo Un!

You can do it!

Better looking women too.

5 to 1 NK kicks ass on China. Ha!

Come on Kim!

Get in there and fight!

The left!

The left!

Give'm the left!


China must need to burn some old rocket too.

Dont trust'em Russia! They're crossing your border!

Look out Japan! It's a trick!

Heads up Vietnam! they're coming through the paddys!

Bombs away Austrailia! They're on the beach!

Mongals are on your flank Red!

The Swiss are bombing Ireland!

Israelis are being crucified by the thousands by Paul Bunyan!

nah... Kim'll give up

yttirum's picture

What the fuck, man??? The ending, the ending. What a sham

orangegeek's picture

Time to erase this NK fat kid.


Merge the north and south - NK is a fucking disgrace.

msamour's picture

This editorial that was removed just showed the hand of the Chinese in this conflict. This seem to indicate that they will act to protect their buffer zone. There is also no indication if china will stop at the 38th paralel line like it did during the ative phase of the Korean war. I hope American analysts do not miss out the threat on that. Here is what I get from this article:

The Chinese will take out the North Korean regime and put another pupet leader in it's place. The attacks will focus on eliminating nuclear capabilities of North Korea. If the Americans are found on the territory, they will also be attacked. 


This is an all around warning to both Kim Jung Un in the DPRK, and to Trump in the U.S.


I guess we will see soon who exactly will be affected...

orangegeek's picture

If the yuan dives under Chi's debt load (350% of GDP currently) causing a yield spike, Chi will be watching the US merge the north and south.


Trump is banking on this collapse.

Dark star's picture

The Chinese have seen what the Americans did to Russia through their coup in Ukaine;they won't allow it to happen in North Korea.

They know the script perfectly.

BrownCoat's picture

@ msamour 

The Chinese will take out the North Korean regime and put another pupet leader in it's place.

Do you actually think China will act? They haven't for over a decade! China will not act. Not without a nudge.

MEFOBILLS's picture

This is an all around warning to both Kim Jung Un in the DPRK, and to Trump in the U.S.


The U.S. doesn't want North Korea.  It only wants NK nukes to not threaten Japan and the U.S. West Coast.  China can keep their client state.  Every time NK test fires a nuke off, it lands near Japan.

You think maybe Japanese leadership are giving the U.S. an earful about this?  Japan has a defensive posture imposed on them by U.S. post WW2  Implicit in this agreement is that U.S. would protect Japan.  The U.S. will have total war to protect Japan.


nachochan's picture

Im all about non agression principle too however when a nation constantly threatens to attack our civilians and is actively developing the technology to do it there comes a time when you can't wait until your attacked with such a weapon system.  

Syria is a joke Trump needs to get away from that scneario ASAP.  N Korea is actually one of the few places where neocon warmongering fools who foam at the mouth for such wars could do some good.  

I would venture to guess that of the 1.2 million N Korean soldiers at least half would defect immediately and there is a good possibility the country would actually welcome liberation from only being allowed to eat meat once a month.  I also think China S Korea Japan and Russia are all onboard with this plan because nobody wants Kim Jung with nukes on their borders.  That is one hell of a coalition better than anything Bush ever put together.  Could actually wind up mending our relationship with Russia as well.  

If all the actors I mentioned earlier Japan/S Korea/Japan/China are onbaord and we have a good idea of what reunification of the peninsula looks like ther is actually something worth achieving here as opposed to assisting the islamists in the middle east where there are no victories.  

Kaeako's picture

It's not like they're pulling threats out of their arse, they always make a point of talking about self-defense. Currently a United States carrier battle group is headed towards their shores, mere days after the United States launched an illegal missile strike against another sovereign state. They have good reason to up the rhetoric.

BrownCoat's picture

What was "illegal" about the missile strike? 

IMO, it was an appropriate response to an attrocity which is specifically prohibitted by the Geneva Convention. It's not like Assad was not warned by Obama. It's not like Russia did not promise to keep Assad in compliance.

US laws might not allow a US president to start a war, but there is considerable wiggle room with the president's use of military force going back to the Vietnam Era (if not Thomas Jefferson and the Barbary Coast War).  

Caleb Abell's picture

 "... we have a good idea of what reunification of the peninsula looks like ..."

I assume you mean a reunified peninsula with a government that is allied with and controlled by China.  The chances that China will allow America's South Korean puppit state to advance to its border is zero.

mary mary's picture

Xi: That's enough.

Kim: Oops.  Yes sir.

quax's picture

Told you that Xi and Trump got along swimmingly. 

NDXTrader's picture

As predicted, Trump and Xi came to an agreement on N Korea. All of the David Brock trolls on here can crawl back to your Mom's basement

nachochan's picture

I think you maybe right NDX we have evidence of this based on the fact that even Obama was able to cobble agreement with China on the sanctions framework against N Korea.  Clearly the sanctions had an effect given that N Korea has gone to new lengths to keep Kim Jung in power (extra territorial assasinations of chinese protected Jung family members).  This may actually be a really good thing but as always the devils in the details what does Korean reunification look like whats in it for china (maybe some mineral access or territorial gain) but that all said a coalition of american naval and air power combined with Japan S Korea and China is one hell of a fighting force against a dated military of starving soldiers in the DPRK.  I suspect most DPRK to defect and the populace to actually welcome liberation from this totalitarian rule.  Its one of those rare cases because 99 out of 100 times war is terrible but then there are those rare gems like when the US liberated Cuba from Spainish control that moves swiftly quickly and the people on all sides rejoice.  

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

"I suspect most DPRK to defect and the populace to actually welcome liberation from this totalitarian rule."

Maybe, but a friend of mine travelled to NK several years of the very few Westerners let alone Americans allowed to visit in any given year.  He commented on how creepy the total surveillance was (even in his hotel room), and how everyone he met professed a deep and abiding affection for their dear leader.  He seemed to think it was not insincere posturing, but a behavior pattern somewhat resembling rote memorization.  I suppose year after year of near starvation and freezing cold will do that to a person.  Deprogramming that groupthink will be a gargantuan task if my friend's perception is correct. 

ebear's picture

WWII: USA invasion of Italy, as another example.

DaBears's picture

Awesome! China is going for the Oscars this year. It's a scam for the official "Free market" designation from US, mark my word.

pebblewriter's picture

Come on, the rest of you countries with standing armies. What are you waiting for? There's plenty of room for more dogs in this fight.  Pick a side, or create a brand new one! 

esum's picture

Fire when ready
We need china like tits on a bull
B 52's nuke subs, A/c carrier(s)
Lock and Load....
Goodbye little bitch...

johnnycanuck's picture

How r ya'll making out with those 30,000 Taliban anyway?  Bin lockin and loadin for 16 years over there.

Davidduke2000's picture

You would think we are in a Roman arena with all these people screaming with their thumbs down to attack a sovereign country with nukes.

I guess they have no relatives on that armada steaming to the  Korean peninsula, because if these ships are nuked over 20000 soldiers would vanish into thin air.  

johnnycanuck's picture

I read a study some years ago which said most people don't progress intellectually past the level of a 15 year old.   I believe the study was accurate.