Headline RoundupJune 20th, 2024

What Does Putin’s North Korea Visit Mean Geopolitically?

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Pyongyang, North Korea this week and signed a bilateral security pact with Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, drawing media perspectives.

Not A Big Deal: Charlie Campbell of TIME Magazine (Lean Left bias) noted that Putin’s “budding ties” with North Korea “may risk fissures” with its most important ally at the moment, China. Campbell said China “only tolerates North Korea’s existence” because it fears a “unified U.S.-allied Korean peninsula on its border, and concluded that the new pact won’t have a “meaningful” impact but could backfire if “Beijing gets peeved.”

Quick Progress: A report from The Wall Street Journal (Center bias) cited U.S. intelligence officials and analysts as surprised by Russia’s “speed and depth of the expanding security ties involving the U.S. adversaries.” The Journal noted that Russia’s relationship with nations like Iran, China, and North Korea hasn’t yet amounted to a proper military alliance formidable to NATO but has culminated in a series of bilateral exchanges that a former CIA and White House official has described as “a marriage of convenience.”

New Low: The editorial board of The Telegraph - UK (Lean Right bias) wrote that Putin is not the “big player” in the region and that it is ultimately Chinese President Xi Jinping who calls the shots. The Telegraph wrote that Putin “may try to present himself as a major world figure; but fawning to the leader of such an odious regime merely diminishes” his standing on the world stage.

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