Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine and China–North Korea Relations: Stronger Weak–Great Power Alignment

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Abstract

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has had repercussions in regions beyond Europe. One of these regions is Asia, including Northeast Asia. This region is home to China and North Korea, two authoritarian countries often lumped together with Russia as potential threats to the liberal international order. The relationship between China and North Korea has thus been affected by Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine. Beijing and Pyongyang share a decades-old alliance. Despite its ups and downs, the alliance survives as of 2022. Russia’s actions in Ukraine have only reinforced it, bringing China and North Korea closer to each other. Both of them have sided with Moscow, and for similar reasons, including their opposition to what they see as the US’s and NATO’s aggressive stance. And both have taken the same actions to support Russia, further strengthening their connection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)920-944
JournalAsian Survey
Volume62
Issue number5-6
Early online date18 Oct 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022

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