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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is strengthening his position with China through his diplomatic engagement with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as the three socialist countries unite to counter the US.
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi highlighted the “strategic cooperation” between China and Russia during talks in Moscow, emphasizing their commitment to a “multipolar world” and a “more just world order” to counter US dominance.
Pope Francis arrived in Mongolia for his first trip to the predominantly Buddhist country, showing support for the smallest Catholic community in the world and maintaining a presence between China and Russia.
As Russian military troop Wagner Group sets in and supports the local junta, China faces a complex position - their economic projects may steadily reap with Russia’s security control or become diluted in competition.
North Korea poses a significant cyber threat to the United States with its espionage cyber programs and attack systems, while it also remains a potential catalyst for conflict in the world, aided by China’s powerful arms support.
China’s proposed talks with Seoul and Tokyo were motivated in part by economic difficulties it faces, particularly when they happen before the U.S.-Japan-South Korea summit.
What Beijing’s Muted Response to Wagner Mutiny Tells Us About China-Russia Relations – And What It Doesn’t
It’s hard to overstate how what happens in Russia has historically shaped thinking in China about their own country. But many in China may wonder how much they have in common with Russia today.
Indonesia did vote on 2 March 2022 for a UN General Assembly resolution condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But Prabowo’s recent proposal, like China’s position, fails to name the aggressor. It seeks to freeze the war, leaving Russia the option to revive its aggression.
Experts say the chaotic coup staged by the Wagner Group under Prigozhin could make Xi Jinping think twice about starting a war in the Taiwan Strait.