Russia ‘direct hit’, China ‘room’… Is ‘China leverage strategy’ possible?

During the ASEAN Summit, President Yoon Seok-yeol strongly criticized Russia for its close relationship with North Korea, but left room for cooperation with China.

It is being interpreted as a so-called ‘push-and-go diplomacy’ strategy to increase pressure on North Korea by using China as leverage, but it is unclear whether it can be achieved as intended.

This is reporter Park So-jeong.

[Reporter]
ASEAN Summit held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

On the opening day of the meeting, attended by not only Korea but also the United States, Japan, China, and Russia, reports emerged that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would visit Russia and meet President Putin.

The U.S. government issued a warning to North Korea and Russia to stop attempting to negotiate an arms deal, and President Yoon Seok-yeol also followed suit and hit Russia directly for two days in a row.

[Seok-Yeol Yoon / President (last 7th): The responsibility of the permanent members of the Security Council, which are the parties that adopted the resolution (sanctions against North Korea), can be said to be even more serious.] While mentioning the responsibility of the permanent members, he roundly criticized China and pointed out the issue of territorial conflict in the South China Sea

. However,

unlike Russia, they extended a different hand to China.

In a meeting with Prime Minister Li Chang, known as China’s second-in-command, he emphasized Korea-China cooperation while urging a role in relation to North Korea.

[Kim Tae-hyo / 1st Deputy Director of the National Security Office (last 7th): He expressed hope that more active Korea-China exchanges will continue at a high-level level and asked President Xi to send his warmest regards.]

Prime Minister Li Chang reportedly said that political mutual trust should be promoted and external interference should be ruled out, which can be interpreted as drawing a line on the role of 토토사이트North Korea.

Nevertheless, he actively responded to the request for cooperation in the Korea-Japan-China summit to strengthen the relationship of trust.

Both Korea and China are maintaining their respective positions and seem to be trying to grasp the outstretched hand, but this is because China is still Korea’s number one trading partner and their interests are intertwined.

Recently, the United States’ goal toward China is to keep pace with its somewhat conciliatory attitude by emphasizing that it is risk management and de-risking rather than de-China and decoupling, and is using it as a lever to control and manage North Korea

. Some analyzes say that consideration was given to using China.

It can be seen as so-called ‘push-and-grab diplomacy’ based on a pro-US line, and it remains to be seen how effective it will be in the international situation where the new Cold War structure is solidifying.

This is Park So-jeong of YTN .

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