Map depicting which Asian countries are shifting toward China, counteracting China or balancing both Chinese and American influences
How come Mongolia isn't on the map? Aren't they considered Asian?
The horrors of balancing between Russia and China and being a buffer between the two.
Also being flatland with no natural boundaries
Interesting to see North Korea in the playing both sides camp. Recent development, I would guess
Yep, couldn't imagine such thing several months ago.
You kinda could. NK has been treading on thin ice with China since before KJI's last days. It was only a matter of years before China turned their back completely.
The DPRK and the PRC never really had the best relationship ever. Kim IL Sung and Mao did not lIke each other. DPRK couldn't even stop the PRC from recognizing the ROK. Also some experts believe DPRK missile tests were more of a show for China than the US since so many of their tests occurred around the same time as political developments or ceremonies in China.
If memory serves, wasn't the Soviet Union the primary patron of the DPRK, rather than China? As far as I recall, the DPRK-China thing was fairly recent, and mostly because the DPRK lost their income and aid coming from the USSR when that collapsed. They needed a new sugar daddy and China, meanwhile, wasn't too keen to have North Korea collapse along their border, so they kinda begrudgingly took the DPRK in.
Chinese investment is still really important to the DPRK though. I wouldn't count out their relationship just yet.
Not mention being sandwiched between an ally of the US and China...
China's really trying to box in India.
India is one to two decades of economic boom away from matching China in GDP. All it takes is China to trip up into a recession or India to get lucky.
And unlike USA, India actually shares a border with China and has potential disputes with Chinese territory in Kashmir and along their Tibetan border.
It's their 2nd rival behind the USA.
India still has a way to go before it matches China. There are so many systemic issues which hold back India from booming. It just doesn't have the conditions to take advantage of any opportunity. But India is growing economically, and by virtue of its population, it will soon be the 3rd largest economy in the world.
You are mistaken. India's population growth rate is 1.2%, compared to its GDP growth rate of ~7.1%. India's already experiencing an economic boom. China had growth rates of 10%-12% but that's absolutely monstrous, and it's one of the greatest achievements in human history but I don't think any major economy can achieve that besides China.