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Could there have been advantages to extending an invitation to North Korea to observe the Belt and Road Initiative?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belt_and_Road_Initiative

Observers

 North Korea[72]

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/china-invites-north-korea-to-belt-and-road-summit-2025537

China said Friday leaders from 37 nations and North Korean representatives will attend a summit for its Belt and Road Initiative next week as it hit back at criticism of the massive trade infrastructure project.

China invited North Korea to be an observer, but I can't see any good reason to do so. North Korea is a nation under heavy sanctions that doesn't have strong relation with many countries, and it's a pariah state, so North Korea being invited as an observer won't give legitimacy to the project, and I am under serious impression that this move doesn't really have a purpose or yield any significant benefits.

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  • Maybe it is more for the benefit of NK than for the Belt and Road Initiative. See, if you behaved in a way that would put you on every sanctions list, than you could participate in nice things like this.
    – quarague
    Sep 13, 2023 at 6:27

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Could there have been advantages to extending an invitation to North Korea to observe the Belt and Road Initiative?

North Korea is a close ally of China. It's North Korea's closest military and economic ally. Given North Korea shares a border with China and already has infrastructure in place to facilitate the large trade shared between the two nations, North Korea is not dependent, nor necessary as a belt and road participant. It's still polite and smart for China to invite them; as North Korea is rather sensitive about being excluded from such summits, especially by their friends.

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