After a pandemic-related period of isolation, North Korea will greet China and Russia with a military demonstration.

This week, marking the 70th anniversary of the Korean War and the struggle against the United States and its allies, North Korea has invited its friends back after years of economic isolation. The country is hosting senior Chinese and Russian delegations.

One of North Korea’s defining events, a major military parade exhibiting its most advanced weapons, is anticipated to be given to the dignitaries, who include the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and a member of the Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party named Li Hongzhong.

The North’s nuclear-capable missiles, which are outlawed by the United Nations Security Council, of which China and Russia are permanent members, are expected to be a part of the spectacle, according to analysts.

The trips occurred at a time when Pyongyang was looking to deepen its connections with Beijing and Moscow in order to find common ground in their disputes with the United States and the West. They are the first confirmed foreign delegations to visit North Korea since the COVID-19 process started.

The festival on Thursday, which North Korea celebrates as a victory over U.S.-led allied forces in the 1950–1953 Korean War, offers Pyongyang the chance to recall the time of the Cold War when North Korean forces fought with Chinese and Russian help.

Since hostilities concluded in an armistice rather than a formal peace treaty, North Korea and the U.S.-led alliance are still formally at war with one another.

Anthony Rinna, a specialist in Korea-Russia relations at Sino-NK, a website that analyzes the region, said that North Korea’s invitation of delegations from both nations appears to be a case of history repeating itself, whereby Pyongyang is preparing to stand up to the West but perceives the need to maintain relatively balanced ties with both China and Russia.

Only time will tell if the visits indicate a wider relaxation of North Korea’s travel restrictions, which may theoretically present a window of opportunity for American authorities to negotiate the release of U.S. soldier Travis King, who entered North Korea last week, Rinna said.

However, it doesn’t seem probable that Pyongyang will try to communicate with Washington anytime soon, and the North may believe that it is engaged in a full-fledged New Cold War with the United States.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *