The View from Jingshan: anniversary of Sino-DPRK ties passes without a summit
Broader shifts in U.S.-China-North Korea relations influenced Beijing's cautiousness in hosting the DPRK leader again
In addition to the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, October also served as the 70th anniversary of Sino-DPRK diplomatic ties, which formally began on October 6, 1949.
Given the pomp and circumstance of China’s October 1 celebrations, the preceding 18 months of strong China-North Korea relations, and the seemingly growing gap between the U.S. and North Korea, October seemed a fitting time for a major development in the Sino-DPRK saga.
Chinese media highlighted the 70th anniversary of Sino-DPRK relations on October 6, noting the congratulatory messages exchanged by Kim Jong Un
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