China has planned to develop refugee camps, detain key DPRK leaders, and enhance border controls in the event of a political implosion in North Korea, according to new documents leaked to the Japanese media. Kim Jong Un is presumably not amused.
While Beijing occasionally plays lip-service to “friendship” with the DPRK government, it’s nice to see that China’s leadership doesn’t have any illusions about the long-term stability of the hermit kingdom. China doesn’t want “war or chaos to occur on [its] doorstep,” and this report shows fear that a collapsed North Korea could become something akin to the Somalia of East Asia. The Telegraph reports on the leaked documents:
The Chinese report says key North Korean leaders should be detained in special camps where they can be monitored, but also prevented from directing further military operations or taking part in actions that could be damaging to China’s national interest.
The report suggests “foreign forces” could be involved in an incident that leads to the collapse of internal controls in North Korea, resulting to millions of refugees attempting to flee. The only route to safety the vast majority would have would be over the border into China.
The Chinese authorities intend to question new arrivals, determine their identities and turn away any who are considered dangerous or undesirable.
It’s difficult to say anything positive about North Korea, but it is, if nothing else, a pretty damn orderly place. Orderly at gun-point, yes, but it is anything but anarchic. If the regime collapses (which Beijing seems to think is a possibility) then life in the DPRK could be hell for different reasons all together.