China is believed to have several hundred thousand troops deployed near North Korea based on fears that a breakdown of order in North Korea will produce large-scale refugee flows into northern China. Troops in the border region appeared mobilized, according to Internet postings this week.
One indication that Beijing had advance notice of North Korea’s death announcement: An Internet posting said Chinese troops in the region were placed on a slightly higher standby alert status Sunday, the day after Mr. Kim reportedly died and a day before the official announcement was made.
U.S. forces in South Korea were not placed on higher alert.
INSIDE OCCUPY D.C.
People monitoring the Occupy D.C. movement tell Inside the Ring that the two encampments are fast becoming health hazards. Numerous protesters also recently were sickened with unusual respiratory illnesses.
The major emerging problem for the leftists camped out in tents at McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza is rats. The rodents appear to be moving into the area by the hundreds, and their numbers are increasing daily.
The McPherson camp appears be where more radical leftists are based. An observer familiar with the McPherson camp said one distinctive smell coming from the park area is that of methamphetamine being smoked.
Among the flags being flown by some protesters are those from the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah and al Qaeda.
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Bill Gertz is a national security columnist for The Washington Times and senior editor at The Washington Free Beacon (www.freebeacon.com). He has been with The Times since 1985.
He is the author of six books, four of them national best-sellers. His latest book, “The Failure Factory,” on government bureaucracy and national security, was published in September 2008.
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