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This article shows the nature of the “alliance” relationship between China and North Korea and how does a "Blood Alliance" make and destroy in a historical view.

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The relationship between China and North Korea has evolved from a simple bond at the beginning to an alliance relationship as a result of historical conditions and a long process of development. China-DPRK relations fluctuate from time to time, in the end there has always been some factor that binds the two countries together. The external manifestations of the bond, however, are different. This bond is not only the reason for the ever-changing relationship between China and North Korea’s allies. It is also an important reason why China and the DPRK stick together in a relationship that weak but constant, and strong but not growing.


The relationship between China and North Korea is impacted by political shifts and appears to be unstable and in constant flux. But the geopolitical ties and common ground underlying the alliance means that it can endure and can will not fracture even under considerable pressure.

Xingxing Wang
Shanghai International Studies University

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This page is a summary of: How to Make and Destroy a “Blood Alliance”? The Ups and Downs of China‐DPRK Relations, Pacific Focus, April 2022, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/pafo.12206.
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