China is building on its military presence at its border with North Korea, a source in North Korea tells Radio Free Asia. A large-scale military facility in the Chinese city of Longjing, in Jilin Province, has been under development. Local residents are being relocated because of the military, according to the RFA report.
A Korean-Chinese source in Longjing said the government’s measures are “unprecedented” in the area close to the border.
Beijing is also doing its part to keep out defectors, and is constructing more barbed-wire fences, according to the report.
“The Chinese leadership seems to preparing for the collapse of the North Korean regime,” the source said.
Barbed wire fencing along the border in Yanbian prefecture have been reinforced as well, another source in the area told RFA.
“Fencing that was washed away due to the flooding of the Tumen River and old rusted barbed wire have all been replaced with new barbed wire,” the source said.
The barrier not only keeps out refugees but would also cause trade to diminish.