NORTH KOREA’S continual threatening of the US – and President Trump’s relentless pressuring on China – has forced President Xi Jinping to respond with firepower.
Missile were launched in a blaze of smoke and fire across the Yellow Sea on Monday as The People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) navy tested its gargantuan ordnance.
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The ferocious fleet was sent out to test fire from one of its 35 Destroyers – the Taizhou.
Impressive images of the drill have now emerged online, just weeks after the PLA showed off its ground units.
Thousands upon thousands of commandos were pictured marching across the desert through Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia.
Days later President Xi told troops they should be poised for attack.
He said: “No one should expect us to swallow the bitter fruit that is harmful to our sovereignty, security or development interests
“We will never allow any people, organisation or political party to split any part of Chinese territory out of the country at any time, in any form.
“The Chinese people love peace. We will never seek aggression or expansion, but we have the confidence to defeat all invasions.”
Beijing announced earlier in 2017 its military was to be expanded – especially the national people’s Liberation Army (PLA).
And drills have been taking place around the world, in joint ops with Russia.
Flexing its military muscle has come as North Korea threatens the US with nuclear missiles, and at the same time, Trump leans on China to find the solution.
President Trump has mocked the Red Army, claiming they are doing nothing about North Korea.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has pledged that Beijing will crack down on the hermit nation of North Korea.
He said: “If we consider traditional economic relations between China and North Korea, it is China that will have to pay most of the price for implementation of the latest resolution.”
However, China would sacrifice its own economic interests to ensure peace in the region, he said.
Economic sanctions are costing North Korea millions, especially in coal and seafood exports, but the government will not back down.
Kim Jong-Un is continuing with his nuclear programme and test firing Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs).
Trump said in a two-part tweet: “I am very disappointed in China.
“Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!”
China is also locked in disputes in the South China Sea over territories which Taiwan and Singapore also claim ownership of.
China considers Taiwan as a rogue state and will not recognise it as an autonomous nation.