As if the recent “no limits” partnership between China and Russia isn’t enough of a global threat, Chinese President Xi Jinping has now sent a letter of cooperation and friendship to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un now that that the world is “under a new situation,” according to a report on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) state-run media, KNCA.
President Xi stressed to Kim the “significance of cooperation between the two countries,” Reuters reports.
The letter came after Kim praised Xi in a verbal message for his success in hosting the 2022 Winter Olympic Games and for his leadership in a time of “unprecedentedly severe health crisis and the hostile forces’ maneuvers.”
“In the message, the respected Comrade Kim Jong-Un extended heartfelt warm congratulations to General Secretary Xi Jinping upon the splendid proceeding of the Beijing Winter Olympics as a novel and special grand sports festival,” reported KNCA.
Kim went on to say that North Korea and China are “frustrating the undisguised hostile policy and military threat of the US and its satellite forces by strengthening the bilateral strategic cooperation and unity,” adding that he will “more firmly consolidate the DPRK-China relationship into the invincible one.”
China has, for 60 years, been North Korea’s only friend on the world stage, an alliance, known as the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance, that was formalized first in 1961 and renewed last year by Xi and Kim. Should either country be attacked, under the terms of the treaty, the other is required to respond.
That the two are publicly declaring the closeness of their relationship while China is, at the same time, supporting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine is unnerving, to say the least — especially as both China and North Korea have been flexing their own military muscles.
While the world has been watching Ukraine, China has been buzzing the air space of neighboring Taiwan.
Last week, nine Chinese aircraft entered Taiwan’s air space, forcing Taipei to scramble its air force.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, the Associated Press reported that North Korea launched a ballistic missile off the Korean Peninsula. According to Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, the missile flew approximately 190 miles, reaching a maximum altitude of about 370 miles before landing off North Korean’s eastern coast.
North Korea resumed missile tests with its first launch in a month, firing what could be a ballistic missile according to military officials in South Korea and Japan https://t.co/SQUBnf2QbG pic.twitter.com/czvJ8HEiB5
— Reuters (@Reuters) February 27, 2022
“If North Korea deliberately carried out the missile launch while the international community is distracted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, such an act is absolutely unforgiveable,” Kishi told reporters. “Whatever the motives are, North Korea’s repeated missile launches are absolutely inexcusable and we cannot overlook considerable missile and nuclear advancement.”
South Korean officials stated in response to the launch that the nation has “deep concerns and grave regret” over it and stating that the timing “is not desirable at all for peace and stability in the world and on the Korean Peninsula.”
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