- The assassination of Kim Jong Un's older half-brother at an airport in Malaysia has placed China on alert, and Beijing may have deployed more troops at its border with North Korea in case of a contingency.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters at a regular press briefing on Wednesday that his government is "paying attention to reports" regarding the slaying of Kim Jong Nam, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.
"We are very interested in the progress of the case," the spokesman said, while adding that he cannot confirm whether Kim's family resides in Macau, a special administrative region of China.
Kim Jong Nam, who was 45, is believed to have had two families in China, according to Seoul's national intelligence service. His first wife and their son live in Beijing, while a second spouse lives with two children, a son and a daughter, in Macau.
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