China a.k.a. the People’s Republic of China is known as the Red Dragon of Asia. Meanwhile, North Korea is officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Although different in many ways, both countries actually have a striking similarity: the long list of human rights abuse issues plaguing the country and government from then until now. People’s rights are curtailed and there is little the outside world knows about what’s really going in within their respective nations although life in China has changed significantly now.

While China opened its doors and finally joined the international community, North Korea remains a mystery to everyone. With issues of abuse and poverty among North Koreans, the government under the leadership of Kim Jong-un is flawed in a lot of ways and remains to be shrouded in secrecy. Kim Jong-un is both the supreme leader of the DPRK and the chairman of the Worker’s Party of Korea (WPK) among many others.

China-North Korea relations are bilateral and both countries have important embassies in both countries. While they have close diplomatic relations before and share a 1,416-kilometer long border, China and North Korea conflicts have been growing over recent years and are mainly because of China’s growing concern over the nuclear weapons program of North Korea and the number of Chinese fishing boats the latter have impounded. Even ordinary Chinese people don’t see North Koreans in a positive light.

(Via: http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/chinas-top-korean-war-historian-china-north-korea-are-no-20268)

In this world, governments have allies and enemies. Although there is no permanent friend or foe in politics, the rich history shared by China and North Korea is one of the few things that link both countries together until the present.

(Via: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/04/170415110614281.html)

While the entire world thinks that China and North Korea are BFFs for life, their relationship isn’t carved in stone. Their relationship isn’t particularly rosy nowadays and China struggles to maintain balance and weigh in on its next steps — whether to continue support for its long-time ally or finally put an end to decades of friendship for obvious reasons.

(Via: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/19/asia/china-us-north-korea-statements/)

Now is a crucial time to find out just how deep China and North Korea relations are. While North Korea remains to be antisocial and a war-freak nation, always making threats of nuclear war with other countries, China has slowly become a global superpower that likewise has to maintain diplomatic relations with various countries all over the world, not just to North Korea alone.

It may be unlikely that North Korea will have a change of heart and start opening up to the world soon but we will likely witness a severing of ties between China and North Korea if the latter continues with its unorthodox and unethical ways. The government itself is the problem and the citizens of North Korea don’t enjoy any form of democracy whatsoever. And this treatment alone is something that does not sit well with the entire world. Whether China and North Korea remains to be friends in this changing world or new enemies is just looming on the horizon.

China And North Korea: Friends Or Foe? Find more on: The Chinese Human Rights Development Blog

from
https://chrdnet.org/2017/05/05/china-and-north-korea-friends-or-foe/

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