The Economist: Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un's "bromance"
    Strategic alliances amid global tensions

    WORLD  18 June 2024 - 04:07

    In an article from The Economist, it is highlighted that Kim Jong Un has shifted his allegiance from former U.S. President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin, creating a deepening alliance due to recent geopolitical shifts. This relationship has grown stronger as Russia's invasion of Ukraine has stalled, prompting Putin to seek munitions from North Korea.

    Kim's regime, isolated and struggling economically, has found a crucial ally in Russia. The two leaders have emphasized their "unbreakable relationship of comrades-in-arms," with Kim visiting Russia twice since 2019 and Putin planning a visit to Pyongyang soon.

    The driving force behind this alliance is clear: North Korea's need for economic stability and Russia's urgent requirement for munitions. Despite the apparent warmth, the partnership is strategic rather than genuine, with both sides seeking to leverage each other for their respective benefits. North Korea has supplied significant amounts of artillery and ballistic missiles to Russia, while speculations suggest that North Korea's wish list from Russia includes advanced military technology and nuclear weapon designs.

    This cooperation extends beyond arms trade, impacting broader geopolitical dynamics. North Korea aids Russia in complicating American strategy in Asia and undermining multilateral institutions. Russia, in turn, has used its veto power at the UN to protect North Korea from further sanctions.

    However, the relationship has limitations. Although there are discussions about sensitive military technology transfers, such actions remain speculative. The real support appears to be in the form of food, fuel, and less advanced military aid. This alliance, while beneficial in the short term, might not endure post the Ukraine conflict, as strategic interests may diverge.

    Moreover, China's role is crucial in shaping this partnership. While Beijing allows some cooperation, it aims to maintain North Korea as a stable buffer state and retain its influence over Pyongyang, thus preventing a solidified axis of Russia, China, and North Korea.

    In summary, the article from The Economist describes how geopolitical shifts have forged a pragmatic alliance between Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin, driven by mutual needs amid global tensions, but constrained by broader strategic considerations and China's watchful presence.

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