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Letter: Kim Jong-un sent message to both China and West with Putin meeting

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LettersKim Jong-un’s meeting with Vladimir Putin sent a message to both China and West

Readers discuss the implications of the meeting of the leaders of North Korea and Russia, and lessons from history on Russia’s military outcomesChina-Russia relationsLettersPublished: 11:30am, 26 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Feel strongly about these letters, or any other aspects of the news? Share your views by emailing us your Letter to the Editor at [email protected] or filling in this Google form. Submissions should not exceed 400 words, and must include your full name and address, plus a phone number for verification.North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin remains a strategic win for the former, in capitalising on Putin’s vulnerability and in sending a message to both China and the West.

The global split over Ukraine and the prevailing bloc rivalry have emboldened Pyongyang. Given the new anti-West bulwark, Kim seems confident that he can choose either Moscow or Beijing to latch onto.

Having a reliable fallback option apart from China would benefit North Korea. Kim is aware that Pyongyang is critical to Beijing as a vital buffer zone from the West, and Kim now has the leverage to offset Pyongyang’s predominant dependence on Beijing for food and economic aid.

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