August 18, 2022

Military component of Sino-DPRK defense treaty “totally gone”: Chinese scholar

1961 China-North Korea agreement more "symbolic than substantive," Zhu Feng says

The military component of the PRC-DPRK Treaty of Friendship, Co-operation and Mutual Assistance is now largely symbolic, a Chinese national security expert told the Asan Plenum in Seoul on Tuesday.

The decades-old treaty – approved in the wake of the Korean War in order to deter an attack on the DPRK – must be renewed by the two countries every 20 years, with the next renewal scheduled for 2021.