China will send a delegation led by non-Politburo-member Liu Guozhong to North Korea to participate in the country’s 75th anniversary celebrations. This move suggests a decline in the delegation’s stature compared to previous years. China aims to maintain relations with North Korea while keeping a distance due to the potential risks it poses to its relations with the US and its allies. Additionally, Russia has proposed a joint naval drill with China and North Korea, which could further anger the US. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is also expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.