Bunly Ek

Bunly Ek

Research Fellow, Cambodian Center for Regional Studies

Bunly Ek is a research fellow at the Cambodian Center for Regional Studies (CCRS). He was one of the 2022 Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) scholars at Yonsei University, and his research interests include South Korea-ASEAN relations, East Asian Politics, South Korea’s foreign policy, international security and US-China relations.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Amur Oblast of the Far East Region, Russia, on 13 September 2023. (KCNA via Reuters)

China staying on the sidelines of growing Russia–North Korea ties

Cambodian research fellow Bunly Ek observes that China continues to play a wait-and-see approach on forming a trio with Russia and North Korea. China is well aware that it can achieve its objectives by staying close with each of the countries bilaterally, and a high-profile trio would only put itself in the firing range of the West and its other neighbours.