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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 07:13 PM
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China on alert over a nuclear neighbour (North Korea)
http://www.netscape.com/viewstory/2006/10/08/china-mass...

THE North Korean refugee had one request for her captors before the young Chinese soldiers led her back across the steel-girdered bridge on the Yalu River that divides two socialist allies.

She asked for a comb and some water because she said that if she was going to die she could not face going to heaven looking as dirty and dishevelled as this, recounted a relative of one soldier who was there.

What happened next is testimony to the rising disgust in Chinese military ranks as Beijing posts more troops to the border amid a crisis with North Korea over its regimes plan to stage a nuclear test.

The soldiers, who later told family members of the incident, marched the woman, who was about 30, to the mid-point of the bridge. North Korean guards were waiting. They signed papers for receipt of the woman, who kept her dignity until that moment. Then, in front of the Chinese troops, one seized her and another speared her hand the soft part between thumb and forefinger with the point of a sharpened steel cable, which he twisted into a leash.

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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 07:27 PM
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1. Socialist my ass.
They give all people who believe that capitalism is not a viable long-term solution to humanity's problems a terrible name. These guys are, at best, state capitalists. The state owns everything, but only the leaders benefit from the fruits of labor of the people.
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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:26 PM
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2. The Chinese are massing troops at the border...
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As international tensions over North Korea have soared, China has deployed extra combat units of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) to man the border from the Yalu River in the south to the Tumen River near Russia - evidently fearing the risk of chaos and collapse.

The troop trains were rolling even on the Chinese mid-autumn festival on Friday. Civilian traffic on a main line was halted to allow one train to pass, with carriages jammed with glum soldiers in camouflage uniforms and flat cars carrying olive-green military vehicles.

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