Sino-North Korean Mutual Aid and Cooperation Friendship Treaty

The Sino-North Korean Mutual Aid and Cooperation Friendship Treaty is a treaty signed on July 11, 1961 between North Korea and China. The treaty is currently the only defense treaty China and North Korea has with any nation.[1]

Sino-North Korean Mutual Aid and Cooperation Friendship Treaty
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Chinese name
Simplified Chinese中朝友好合作互助条约
Traditional Chinese中朝友好合作互助條約
Korean name
Signing of the treaty by Kim Il-Sung and Zhou Enlai in 11 July 1961, Beijing.
Treaty signing in Beijing on July 11, 1961


After the 1961 May 16 Coup, the new South Korean leader Park Chung-hee urged for an increase in military spending and for action to be taken against North Korea. The North Korean leadership feared a South Korean invasion and turned to the Soviet Union and China for support.[2]


The treaty was signed in Beijing and came into effect on September 10 of the same year.[3][4] Premier of the People's Republic of China Zhou Enlai and Prime Minister of North Korea Kim Il-sung signed for their respective countries.[5] The treaty generally promoted peaceful cooperation in the areas of culture, economics, technology and other social benefits between the two nations.[5] Specifically, Article 2 of the treaty declares the two nations undertake all necessary measures to oppose any country or coalition of countries that might attack either nation.[6]

The treaty remains in effect and automatically renews every 20 years, being renewed in 1981 and 2001.[5][7] The most recent renewal will remain in effect until 2021.[8][7] The right to cancel the Sino-North Korean Treaty can be invoked at specified five-year intervals, and each party must give advance notice of one year.[6]

Kim Il-sung arrived in Beijing in 1961 to sign the treaty just a few days after signing the North Korean-Soviet Mutual Aid and Cooperation Friendship Treaty (朝苏友好合作互助条约).[5] The Soviet treaty however has not been in effect since the 1990s with only a revised "consultation" treaty being re-adopted in 1999.[6]

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  1. ^ "China-N. Korea defense treaty". koreatimes. 2016-07-26. Retrieved 2019-09-14.
  2. ^ 北朝鮮と軍事同盟50年を祝う中国を侮るな. MSN産経ニュース (in Japanese). 18 July 2011. Archived from the original on 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2013-06-06. Alternative source: [1]
  3. ^ 1961年7月11日 《中朝友好合作互助條約》在北京簽訂. Retrieved 2010-05-30.[dead link]
  4. ^ 中朝兩國關係發展的新契機. CCTV News. Retrieved 2010-05-31.
  5. ^ a b c d 鴨綠江水靜流淌:中朝60年紀事. Ifeng. Retrieved 2010-05-30.Archived 2011-07-20 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b c Harrison, Selig S. [2003] (2003). Korean endgame: a strategy for reunification and U.S. disengagement. p 322.
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  8. ^ 兩韓緊張升級 中國角色難演 (in Chinese). Sina Hong Kong. Retrieved 2010-05-30.Archived 2010-06-03 at the Wayback Machine