July 02, 2022

On Ukraine crisis and North Korea, China stresses ‘legitimate security concerns’

Experts say Beijing’s support for Russia and DPRK reflects a shared stance against ‘Western aggression’

China’s call for the international community to respect Russia’s “legitimate security concerns” as it invades Ukraine echoes Beijing’s position on North Korea, experts say, and aligns with a broader push against U.S. primacy.

Beijing has stood by its longtime partner Pyongyang throughout the Biden administration’s recent sanction push and condemnations against missile launches, all the while urging Washington and Seoul to acknowledge North Korea’s “reasonable” and “legitimate concerns.”