President Xi Jinping with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Beijing. Kim was treated to a lavish welcome by the Chinese president during a secretive trip to Beijing. Photo: AFP President Xi Jinping with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Beijing. Kim was treated to a lavish welcome by the Chinese president during a secretive trip to Beijing. Photo: AFP
President Xi Jinping with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Beijing. Kim was treated to a lavish welcome by the Chinese president during a secretive trip to Beijing. Photo: AFP
Rana Mitter
Opinion

Opinion

On Reflection by Rana Mitter

Kim Jong-un has America and China just where he wants them

Conventional wisdom on the Kim regime has been that it is unpredictable and downright crazy. But that has never really been true

President Xi Jinping with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Beijing. Kim was treated to a lavish welcome by the Chinese president during a secretive trip to Beijing. Photo: AFP President Xi Jinping with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Beijing. Kim was treated to a lavish welcome by the Chinese president during a secretive trip to Beijing. Photo: AFP
President Xi Jinping with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Beijing. Kim was treated to a lavish welcome by the Chinese president during a secretive trip to Beijing. Photo: AFP
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Rana Mitter

Rana Mitter

Rana Mitter is Director of the University China Centre at the University of Oxford and author of A Bitter Revolution: China’s Struggle with the Modern World and China’s War with Japan, 1937-45: The Struggle for Survival