Masafumi Iida

Masafumi Iida receives Master’s in Asian studies at Keio University and Stanford University. His research focuses on China’s foreign and security policies and international relations in East Asia. He has served for the National Institute for Defense Studies for more than ten years.

Kim's Death Leaves a Heavy Burden on China

China has consistently maintained special relations with North Korea. The two countries are army comrades from the Korean War, during which they succeeded in pushing back US forces beyond the 38th parallel. After the war’s end, China and North Korea signed the Mutual Aid and Cooperation Friendship Treaty. Pyongyang is currently Beijing’s only ally, who denounces military alliances as... Continue Reading

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