Anthony V. Rinna is a Senior Editor with the Sino-NK research group. He’s lived in South Korea since 2014.
Pompeo’s canceled Seoul trip shows that Beijing is the priority, and that South Korea is falling into a deepening bind
Seoul and Moscow’s diplomatic ties also benefit Pyongyang, despite old Cold War tensions
While neither Beijing nor Moscow want a nuclear North Korea, they are wary of instability in the DPRK from U.S. pressure
While it may have had the trappings of little more than a sideshow, last year's meeting had wide-ranging consequences
Calls for economic pressure to continue will be difficult to maintain should the situation in the DPRK worsen
Difficulties in COVID-19 prevention could support the Chinese and Russian position that U.S.-led sanctions are too harsh
The allies should focus dialogue on how to reduce U.S. troop numbers while maintaining structures for American support
Bilateral relations face various challenges, including military cost-sharing disputes and stalled talks with the North
Attempts to further cooperation, following an early post-Cold War downturn in relations, have been plagued by sanctions
Moscow has moved to reassert its importance to the North Korea issue as DPRK-U.S. diplomacy has flagged
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