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FILE - In this undated file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a Chinese H-6K bomber patrols the islands and reefs in the South China Sea. Chinese planes and ships held war games in the Sea of Japan last week, the military said in a statement on its website late Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, during which Beijing displayed its latest-generation frigate Jingzhou and destroyer Xi'an at a time of bitter territorial disputes with Asian neighbors. The ministry said aircraft were guided to their targets with the aid of early warning planes. Other types of aircraft involved weren't identified, although China has been touting the capabilities of its latest-generation long-range H-6K strategic bomber equipped with the DH-20 land-attack cruise missile, giving it the ability to hit targets as far away as Australia. (Liu Rui/Xinhua via AP, File)

China reportedly put its bombers on 'high alert' because of North Korea tensions


China has reportedly put its bombers on "high alert," a sign that it may be preparing for North Korean military contingency, CNN reported. 

An official told CNN the U.S. has seen many Chinese aircraft being prepared for action. North Korea has continued to escalate threats against the U.S. and South Korea as it continues to test missiles, most recently threatening that a U.S. preemptive strike would lead to the destruction of both countries "in an instant."

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left waves as North Korean military officers clap during a mass meeting of North Korea's ruling party at a stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea on Saturday April 14, 2012. North Korea will mark the 100-year birth anniversary of the late leader Kim Il Sung on Sunday April 15. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China may also take economic action against North Korea, including cutting off its crucial crude oil exports, the Nikkei Asian Review reported. This would be contingent on North Korea conducting another nuclear test. 

FILE - This combination of file photos show U.S. President Donald Trump, right, in a meeting at the White House in Washington, on March 31, 2017, and China's President Xi Jinping in a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Dec. 1, 2016. President Xi probably won’t give President Trump a round of golf during their first face-to-face meeting on April 6-7, but may find it worthwhile to ensure his American counterpart does not feel like he’s leaving empty-handed. Some analysts believe Xi might be willing to hand Trump a symbolic victory on trade to put a positive spin on the meeting. (AP Photo/File)

President Trump has pressured Chinese President Xi Jinping to curb North Korea. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said "all options are on the table" in North Korea, including a preemptive strike.

China has reason to fear a North Korean regime collapse. It may lead to an influx of North Korean refugees and a reunited Korea that is allied with the U.S., as South Korea is. 

Trump had threatened that an "armada" was on its way to North Korea, but it was later reported that the aircraft carrier that led the group was actually headed away from that country.

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