The Chinese government is practicing for a major armed conflict on the Korean peninsula, carrying out massive military drills in preparation for a “surprise attack” should all-out war erupt in the region, reports Reuters.
According to sources in Beijing, the Chinese air force simulated an attack from the sea earlier this week, mobilizing its anti-aircraft systems and strategic defense battalions. Troops from the Chinese army also took part in the drill.
“The troops rapid response capabilities and actual combat levels have effectively been tested,” said a statement from an official Chinese military website.
The Chinese drills comes as tensions on the Korean peninsula remain at an all-time high, with the United States and South Korea conducting war games in the region and North Korea successfully testing a nuclear explosion over the weekend.
The United States has ratcheted up its war-of-words with Korean dictator Kim Jong Un following the test, saying the communist nation was “begging for a war” with the US and its allies. In response, Kim warned President Trump to prepare for more “gift packages” from the hermit kingdom.