A Chinese delegation, led by Vice Premier liu guozhongwill travel to Pyongyang this week to participate in the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Republicthis September 9.
“At the invitation of the Central Committee of the Korean Workers’ Party and the government of the People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), a delegation of the party and the government of the People’s Republic of China, led by Liu Guozhong, will participate in the celebrations of the 75th birthday of the DPRK,” the North Korean state agency reported. KCNA on the date on which the creation of a socialist government in the northern part after Soviet independence, three years after Korea achieved its autonomy from Japan and split into a communist territory and a south capitalist.
For her part, the spokeswoman for the Beijing Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mao Ning, stressed that her presence at the party is a sign of “the deep friendship between China and North Korea and the great importance China attaches to relations” with Pyongyang.
“We believe that with the joint efforts of both parties, this visit will be a complete success and will promote a further deepening and development of relationships”, he added.
Guozhong’s visit is the second visit by a Chinese official to Pyongyang in months after Li Hongzhong, vice-chairman of the Chinese Congress Standing Committee, participated in a military parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the armistice war last July. from Korea.
Visits to the North were interrupted for years since, given the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic -in 2020-, kim jong un arranged the total closure of borders. Prior to that, the last registered official visit dates from 2019by his own Xi Jinping and, before, in 2018 during the 70th anniversary of the DPRKheaded by Li Zhanshu, third ranking official of the Politburo.
Three years after the health emergency was declared, Pyongyang announced this year the reopening of the country and, with it, state visits were once again allowed. Also, a plane from the North Korean state airline, Air Koryo, traveled to Beijing to repatriate citizens who had been stranded abroad and could not return to their homes due to the closure of the country and even rail trade between the nations was resumed.
In any case, Kim Jong-un’s ideology keeps him cut off from much of the international community and in the July festivities, only two delegations were seen next to the dictator, one on each side. They were Xi Jinping’s and his, another ally of his in the region, Vladimir Putin.
In the case of Russia, the designated person was the Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.
Then, the North Korean leader took the opportunity to present his ballistic missiles and his arsenal of prohibited and sanctioned weapons by the United Nations Security Council.
These displays of his military might, along with repeated provocations over the Sea of Japan (also known as the East Sea), could, however, be issues that make Xi uneasy.
Lee Sang-sook, a research professor at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security, warned that contrary to the Beijing spokeswoman’s claim that the regime seeks to deepen its relationship with North Korea, China may be seeking take some distance of the country, which explains that the last delegations have been headed by lower rank officials.
“Compared to sending Li Zhanshu to the 70th anniversary event in 2018, I think there is an intention to minimize relations with North Korea,” Sang-sook said, adding: “From China’s perspective, the repeated provocations and the accumulation of weapons of mass destruction by North Korea not only Tensions rise on the Korean Peninsula but also, serve as a cause to strengthen trilateral cooperation between South Korea, the United States and Japan”.
At the same time, Kim began to strengthen his relationship with Moscow and became one of the Putin’s key alliesisolated by the international community after launching the war in Ukraine.
Inclusive, The New York Times reported that the North Korean leader will travel to vladivostok next week to meet with the Kremlin leader although the official Russian spokesman stated that such information cannot be confirmed. If it were to happen, it would be Kim’s first trip outside his country since the outbreak of the pandemic.
At that meeting, the leaders are expected to discuss an arms agreement and the exchange of artillery, missiles, and technology for satellites and nuclear-powered submarines.