The leaders of the North Korean and Chinese regimes, Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping, respectively, reportedly shared messages on Tuesday seeking to reaffirm their traditional alliance based on communist ideology. They spoke about expanding their ideals and fighting against the West.

North Korea’s official news agency said Tuesday that Kim called for “unity and cooperation” with China against “hostile forces,” the Associated Press reported. North Korea’s supreme leader praised his country’s close ties with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), seeking to strengthen their relationship and concentrate efforts on confronting those nations and bodies seeking to curb socialism in the world.

The news agency said Kim’s message “stressed the need to strengthen the unity and cooperation between the two parties and two countries to cope with the hostile forces’ all-round challenges and obstructive moves.”

Xi responded by calling North Korea a “valuable asset” and shared Kim’s views on the alliance against the West.

North Korea argued that its goal in reaffirming its relationship with China is “to vigorously advance the cause of socialism by dint of friendship and unity. The message expressed the belief that the cooperation between the two parties would continue to go well and friendly relations between the two countries would grow stronger, as required by the times and in conformity with the desires, wishes, and core interests of the two peoples, this significant year.” Newsweek reported.

By “significant year,” he means that 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CCP and 60 years of the trade and military cooperation treaty between the two dictatorships. Beijing has proven to be North Korea’s closest foreign partner. 

After a 100 year history of war, violence, hunger, and hatred, the CCP and its communist allies’ thirst for power seems to remain unwavering. According to both sides’ authorities, they will continue their struggle for the imposition of communism internally and expand leftist ideas throughout the world. 

The conversation between the two dictators came after the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union jointly introduced parallel sanctions against Chinese officials. 

In parallel, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said in a joint statement that they welcomed the measures announced by the group of Western allies.

President Joe Biden’s position on communism and the countries that promote it is not yet clear. They share a common agenda in many aspects that will surely lead them to collaborate on specific issues to meet their objectives. From the beginning of Donald Trump’s Presidency, he favored the ideals of freedom and democracy and always condemned the abuses of communism and the absence of human rights.