After isolating itself further from the international community by severing relations with Malaysia, Pyeongyang is once again trying to reignite its ties with Beijing.
In a message to Chinese President Xi Jinping, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for stronger unity and strategic communication with China to address "hostile forces."
"Both China and North Korea are having difficult times with the U.S. There was no progress made from the recent Alaska meeting between Washington and Beijing, and the U.S. is not accepting the North's request to lift its policies against the regime. So they're teaming up."
According to the North's state-run media on Tuesday, the letter also included a detailed description of the decisions that the North made during its rare party congress in January including its plans on inter-Korean ties and Washington-Pyeongyang relations.
In response, Xi Jinping sent a letter congratulating the North for the success of the party congress, and hinting at economic aid to the regime in the near future.
"Trade between China and the North will not resume completely but it will resume partially, mainly on necessities like food, which the North is in desperate need of because of the pandemic shutdown."
Kim's letter to Xi also comes at a critical time as the Biden administration is expected to unveil its new North Korea policy in the coming weeks and following the recent Seoul visits by top U.S. officials.
China has expressed its willingness to make positive contributions to defending peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, suggesting Beijing might play a cooperative role in improving inter-Korean relations as well as Washington-Pyeongyang ties.
However, observers note no significant process will be made unless the U.S.-China conflict is resolved.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.