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Kim Jong-un and other North Korean leaders watch a missile test in November 2017

2018 Global Outlook: North Korea and the U.S.-China-Russia triangle

Tensions between the United States and North Korea are having a big impact on the relationship between Moscow, Beijing and Washington. China has every incentive, but few options, to rein in its neighbor, while pressure on the U.S. to escalate increases. Russia is playing a double game by which a conflict in Northeast Asia could help it attain its goals in Ukraine. Any major shock to today’s delicate balance could have drastic consequences.

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