Across the Yalu River: the past, and future, of China-North Korea relations
2018 was a year of change - and evolution - in Sino-DPRK relations
The relationship between China and North Korea has oscillated considerably since 2015. In Beijing, attitudes on North Korea shifted from cautiously optimistic in 2015 to alarmed in 2016, visibly exasperated in 2017 and finally increasingly confident in 2018.
During that time, a considerable amount of new information about Sino-DPRK relations under Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping has come to light, and the bilateral relationship has been tested in unprecedented ways.
References to China and North Korea as close as “lips and teeth” and prideful recollections of the “war to resist U.S. aggression and aid Korea” abound in Chinese
- 01US Treasury’s sanctions review: What it means for North Korea policy
- 02North Korea pulls back the curtain on current and future weapon technologies
- 03What ‘economic development’ means to Kim Jong Un
- 04As China burns through coal, North Korea steps in to fill the gap
- 05After years in hiding, a North Korean ship shows its true colors
- 06New missiles and Kim Jong Un idolatry dominate ‘Self-Defense-2021’ expo
- 07Taekwondo, tourism and trade: Estonia’s ties with North Korea
- 08North Korea’s official oil imports tick up but remain far below its needs
- 09Naughty or nice? How North Korea can change the game up to Christmas and beyond
- 10Reshuffles at North Korea’s parliament session suggest volatility at the top