China and North Korea are cozying up, but their connection looks conniving
North Korea and China will continue to sweep disagreements under the rug for the sake of their short-term priorities
The new year has so far rung in even friendlier ties between Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, both of whom appear to be looking beyond the challenges that strained their relationship in 2020.
As COVID-19 rapidly spread beyond Wuhan last year, North Korea immediately locked down its border with China, stalling its own economic development cutting bilateral trade by more than 70%. At the same time, North Korea continued to develop its nuclear program — something that China has opposed for decades.
But even so, China congratulated North Korea on the first
- 01North Korea’s economy is in a state of catastrophe, but the issue is decades-old
- 02Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man may be leading a new North Korean security council
- 03Japan’s back in the North Korea game, but it faces nearly impossible challenges
- 04Open for business? North Korea can learn a lot from Cuba’s economic reforms
- 05North Korea is fighting to take back control of its economy from the markets
- 06Kim Yo Jong found her own voice, but she’s far from taking North Korea’s throne
- 07North Korea’s tumbling economy hasn’t stopped Kim Jong Un from making more nukes
- 08Kim takes back control of body overseeing party leadership