After widespread reporting worldwide, and the NASDAQ stating that the news affected financial markets, China has denied the report by one of South Korea’s largest newspapers that China had deployed 150,000 troops to the North Korean border, mainly medical and backup units. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has denied these movements. The story was originally reported by one of the most widely read newspapers in South Korea, Chosun, that has a circulation of over 1,800,000. The U.S. Dept. of Defense told the Daily Caller that there “is no evidence” of any significant troop movements along the Chinese-North Korean border.
“I have no idea where these reports are coming from,” China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, as reported by The Daily Caller. The Daily Caller also reported that China’s foreign ministry called the reports “pure fiction.”
On Monday, the South Korean newspaper Chosun reported that China has deployed 150,000 troops to the North Korean border in preparation for a possible attack by the United States following the American strikes on Syria last Thursday night. The U.S. missile strikes on Syria were seen as a threat to North Korea, warning the country that if they continued their acts of aggression President Donald Trump would issue a retaliation. NASDAQ reported that the news of the 150,000 troops deployed caused stocks to run “into a wall of resistance.”