High-level delegations from China and Russia will arrive in North Korea this week, the first visits at this level since the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic, when Kim Jong Un’s regime became more isolated from the world. The official occasion for the visits is the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.
Hu Zhaoming, spokesman for the International Communications Department of the Communist Party Central Committee, said in a statement ChinaA Chinese delegation led by Li Hongzhong, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s parliament, will travel to Pyongyang this week. She added that he is scheduled to attend the celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, and that his visit comes at the invitation of North Korea.
The Ministry of Defense confirmed the participation of the Russian side in North Korea’s celebrations of the July 27, 1953 event Russia. The delegation will be headed by the Minister of Defence Sergey Shoigu. The visit aims to help strengthen military relations between Russia and North Korea and will be an important step in developing cooperation between the two countries.
Russian and Chinese delegations in North Korea
CNN notes that the two delegations’ visit is a rare display of North Korea’s diplomatic activism. At the beginning of the epidemic Corona Virus Already cut off from the rest of the world, the country has deepened into isolation, closing borders even to diplomats. The station notes that “his closest allies will visit him now at a historic moment.”
CNN states that China and Russia have been Pyongyang’s few allies for many years. During the Korean War, China sent a quarter of a million soldiers to support the North Koreans, and in the following decades, the Kim family regime received significant support from Beijing. In contrast, Moscow and North Korea have been linked for decades by, among other things, hostility toward the West. when because The war in Ukraine Russia is isolated on the international stage, Politico adds, and relations between the two countries have remained warm.
The visit will take place simultaneously in an atmosphere of growing tension on the Korean peninsula, CNN reports. Kim Jong Un’s regime in recent days Ballistic missiles continue to be fired And it scares Washington and Seoul crossed a red lineWhen an American nuclear-capable submarine came to visit a port in South Korea.
CNN, tvn24.pl, PAP, Politico
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