China-N. Korea Ties Emphacised in Xi’s Letter to Kim

28 11 2022
In this photo released Thursday, June 20, 2019, by China’s Xinhua News Agency, visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wave from an open top limousine as they travel along a street in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP-Yonhap

Following the outburst of North Korean missile launches, Xi Jinping’s memorandum sent to Kim Jong Un can be seen as a strong diplomatic signal of China’s improving relations with the US. The Chinese president’s communication to his Comrade in Pyongyang shows more of his willingness to support Joe Biden and his perception of ‘regional and global peace and stability’ than to entertain the North Korean dictator’s urge for constant intimidation of Korean peninsula inhabitants and their neighbours. After meeting at the G20 in Bali, leaders of the two economic and military superpowers must have agreed to place value on diplomacy in looking after each other’s national interests and, ultimately, the concerns of international community. When the diplomatic messages are explicit then they are more likely to achieve a preferred goal. President Xi’s message is both friendly and prescriptive because it seeks to reassure North Korea’s national security and offer some broad tonal signal to various conflicting sides in the region that China would not tolerate any provocations.