December 06, 2023

How, and why, China and North Korea have drifted apart

China's pursuit of other partners in East Asia has strained the old alliance

On 23 February 2017, the Korean Central News Agency published an article that condemned China’s newest economic sanctions against North Korea in a tone that Pyongyang had not used about Beijing since the turbulent years of the Cultural Revolution.

“A neighboring country, which often claims itself to be a ‘friendly neighbor’, […] has unhesitatingly taken inhumane steps such as totally blocking foreign trade related to the improvement of people’s living standard,” KCNA argued.