North Korea pokes the polarisation bear

North Korea and China flags during the Arirang mass games in mayday stadium, Pyongang Province, Pyongyang, North Korea, 19 September 2011 (Photo: Reuters/Eric Lafforgue)

Authors: Francesca Frassineti, University of Bologna, Edward Howell, University of Oxford and Ria Roy, University of Cambridge After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, North Korea capitalised upon China’s and Russia’s tense relationship with the United States by reviving ties with its…