February 21, 2024

Growing US-China tensions could keep North and South Korea apart forever

"Cold War II" battle lines have been drawn, and China isn't about to cede North Korea to the U.S.

The intensifying “Second Cold War” between the U.S. and China is having major ramifications across East Asia, and its impact on the Korean peninsula could be surprisingly long-lasting. Indeed, perhaps the history textbooks of the future will tell of how souring relations between Moscow and Beijing killed off any remaining hope of Korean unification. 

The present-day confrontation with the U.S. seems to be strengthening China’s resolve to prevent the collapse of North Korea. But it wasn’t always this way.