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Friday, October 22, 2004

 

China's alleged plot to annex North Korea

According to the South Korean newspaper, Chosun Ilbo, a lecture given by a professor of politics at Beijing University and subsequently posted on Chinese-language internet, discloses a plan by the Peoples Republic of China to absorb the territory of the DPRK (North Korea) if that regime collapses. Quotes from the lecture include:

The North Korean regime cannot survive more than 10 years. If a pro-Chinese military faction grasps power following a collapse of the regime, China intends to incorporate North Korea into its military federation and eventually make it a subordinate state.

The Northeast Asia Project now in progress is aimed at accumulating a historical basis for it ...

Last week another South Korean newspaper detailed what it described as the official South Korean plans for coping with the possible collapse of the North Korean regime and for handling a mass defection from the communist state, including a contingency for dealing with insurrection.

The plans, revealed by Grand National Party Representative Chung Moon-hun at a Republic of Korea National Assembly hearing, "are the first significant look at the government's readiness in case the leaders in Pyeongyang lose control over their country and the South is forced to step in" the JoongAng Daily reported:

Mr Chung's office said the details have been kept classified, but the Unification Ministry, seeking to assure the public, provided selective details. Under the plan, code-named "Chungmu 9000," South Korea will establish an emergency administrative headquarters in the North, which will work to liberalize the economy and society. South Korea's unification minister will head the agency with powers greater than a governor.

Unification Ministry staff will be deployed to operate the organization and officials from other ministries will follow to establish systemic authority in the North.

According to the plan, Seoul has already designated public facilities in the South, such as schools and stadiums, to house defectors who are expected to rush south in the event the North loses its grip on the population. The facilities are capable of accommodating 200,000 defectors, the plan said.

Separately, the ROK military has already established 10 refugee camps near the inter-Korean border under the supervision of the Army and Navy. The Joint Chiefs of Staff drew up the plan in 1993 and have been conducting exercises to prepare for mass defection since then.

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