April 21, 2021

How North Korea will take advantage of the new US-China Cold War

China needs North Korea to act as a buffer against the U.S.-allied South Korea more than ever

A new Cold War between the U.S. and China is emerging, and North Korea has every reason to welcome it: The DPRK survived by playing superpowers against one another during the last Cold War, and is set to take advantage of this one just as much.

Even though the two countries aren’t particularly fond of each other, North Korea needs Chinese money and China needs North Korea to act as a buffer state between itself and the U.S.-allied South Korea.