December 03, 2021

What North Korea said about the Hong Kong protests, and what it means for talks

Strong support for China in 2019 followed silence in 2014, showing how far bilateral ties have come

Near the end of July, a month and a half into Hong Kong’s 2019 protests, North Korean state media weighed in on the events bedeviling its fellow one-party state and major trading partner.

With marches on weekends and public holidays consistently turning into violent clashes between police and black-clad masked protesters who publicly attacked symbols of Chinese authority and damaged property, it surprised few observers that the Korean Central News Agency backed China’s party line