CHINA has scrambled another 25,000 troops to be militarised along the North Korean border as the country is put on ‘nationwide alert’ amid heightened tensions between the hermit state and the West, according to reports.
All five military regions from China have been ordered by Beijing to maintain readiness for the possibility of conflict along their border with Kim Jong-un’s kingdom, according to UPI.
China’s armoured and mechanised infantry brigades in the Shandong, Zhejiang and Yunnan provinces have been given the go-ahead.
The troops being deployed from China to the Korean peninsula are from the 47th group army of the Ninth Armoured Brigade, the Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy.
China has already sent 150,000 troops to the North Korean border on Sunday, Taiwan’s China Post has claimed.
It comes after the US and South Korea conducted joint military exercises around the peninsula.
USS Carl Vinson’s strike group has been deployed to the Korean peninsula in a show of force towards Pyongyang after the hermit nation has carried out a series of provocative missile launches and nuclear tests.
Chinese president Xi Jinping begged Donald Trump to pursue a peaceful resolution to the meltdown in the crisis during a phone call between the pair.
Despite the pleas, North Korea looks to set to detonate a nuclear device this week, according to the Voice of America.
The device is expected to set off the device on Saturday.
A National Security Council official said: “We have no comment at this time but we will be watching closely.”