$Escalation? China Deploys 150,000 Troops To North Korean Border
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The already precarious political situation surrounding the relationship between North Korea and the United States has once again become escalated, this time by China's actions of moving 150,000 troops to the North Korean border. The Chinese have stated that the move is in preparation for 'unforeseen circumstances', in other words in case a conflict breaks out between North Korea, and South Korea and the United States. China moves 150k troops to North Korean border in preparation for conflict Recent actions on both sides seem to suggest that a conflict is becoming inevitable, with China now adopting a new policy of economic sanctions against North Korea, worsening their isolation and economic problems further.

While previous American regimes seemed happy to leave the Hermit nation to its isolation and occasional saber rattling, current president Donald Trump seems more determined to remove any possible threat Kim Jong Un presents to the world once and for all. This more aggressive and less tolerant stance from American can seemingly only have two conclusions. Either North Korea will have to back down and stop antagonizing the West for the seemingly little gain to themselves, or there will eventually be a conflict of some sort. The troops moving towards the border with China, anti-missile defense systems being transported into South Korea and warships being redeployed closer to the peninsula from the United States are all signs of the latter. Until recently a conflict between North Korea and the West seemed to be the last thing either side wanted.

North Korea would almost certainly be annihilated if they were ever to start a war with America and South Korea. Despite their massive standing army, their artillery aimed at Seoul and whatever nuclear weaponry they may have developed, a war with the United States and their southern neighbors would sell the end for the North Korean regime. The United States and South Korea similarly have nothing to gain from a war with the North. Yes, they would certainly win but at great cost regarding casualties both to military personnel civilians. Not to mention that if they were to bring down the North Korean regime, they would then be left with the task of bringing democracy and infrastructure to the country, which would be both costly and difficult.