At the summit, Kim and Putin agreed to a landmark “100-year plan” to promote North Korean-Russian relations, according to the Korean Central News Agency. This burgeoning alliance spotlights the shifting tides of geopolitics, as an axis involving Russia, China, India, Iran and North Korea emerges amid some of the parties’ tensions with the United States. When you look at it strictly by the numbers, North Korea only needs a few strong allies, such as China and Russia. Even if the United States and Europe completely cut off the Hermit Kingdom, it can survive as long as it trades with China. China has long been North Korea’s biggest trade partner. In 2021, a staggering 95.6 percent of North Korea’s foreign trade was with China, according to Statista. When all is said and done, imposing more sanctions and alienating North Korea, Russia and China will only make them cling more closely to each other and render global stability untenable. “China’s and Russia’s estrangement from the West has increased North Korea’s utility to them,” according to The Economist. “China, which has long propped up Kim Jong Un’s pariah regime, is now likelier to view it as a nuclear-armed buffer against American troops in South Korea. “Mr Kim, North Korea’s current dictator, is meanwhile getting chummy with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. This means North Korea can expend less energy and hard currency dealing with smaller countries such as Angola … If the regime can get cash and support elsewhere, why bother with them?”
BREAKING: Vladimir Putin greets Kim Jong Un during his visit to Russia pic.twitter.com/dVcSYD4Oyl— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) September 13, 2023
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.