A Chinese Peoples' Liberation Army (PLA) soldier stands to attention. Beijing is lifting pay for troops and aiming to boost welfare for disbanded servicemen with the creation of a Veterans Affairs Ministry. Photo: AFP/Isaac Lawrence

Reports on Chinese military and government websites show Beijing is fortifying China’s 880-mile border with North Korea amid continued tensions between the hermit kingdom and Western powers, according to UPI.

China has been bolstering defenses at the border and realigning other forces in surrounding regions to prepare for a possible crisis, such as a potential U.S. military attack.

In response to questions about reports that the movements are in response to increased tensions, China’s foreign ministry said in a press briefing on Tuesday that the moves are part of standard exercises.