Kim Jong Un’s secret visit to China ahead of US-South Korean Dialogue?
A surprise visit by North Korean Supreme leader Kim Jong Un to Beijing may indicate Pyongyang’s need for support from its closest ally ahead of its upcoming summits with two of its arch-rivals touching the Pacific shores.
China and not Russia?
During the victory day parade in 2015, The supreme leader had been invited to attend the Victory Day celebrations in Moscow along with Western and Asian leaders, refused to attend the parade due to the security reasons and Russian unwillingness to provide him special security other than what other leaders were getting.
However, apart from Kim, many leaders declined to attend the festivities, laying bare continued tensions between Moscow and the West.
Russia and North Korea have tried to establish closer relations over the past year as Moscow needs North Korea’s cooperation to boost natural gas supplies to South Korea. Pyongyang is looking for the support of Russia, a veto-wielding member of the United Nations Security Council, to protect it from criticism over human rights abuses.
Looking at the current meeting, only the time will tell, how North Korea gets into the anti-west shoes with Russia.
Source: CNN, Sputnik Akshat Verma The Kootneeti Team - Asia Brief
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