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Axis of Totalitarianism: North Korea, Russia, China

Kal Korff
5 min readJun 22, 2024

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Kal K Korff

The recent mutual defense pact now signed between Communist North Korea and Russia, coupled with China’s strategic positioning, has dangerous existential implications for global geopolitics, especially India and Japan, complicating efforts to manage the war in Europe and in Asia-Pacific regions. The USA and its allies must address multiple threats simultaneously. Vladimir Putin’s strategy relies on support from China and North Korea, with Iran as a junior partner providing drone technology and another way to attack the west. This alliance is a new “Axis of Totalitarianism,” a direct existential threat to India, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, Philippines, etc. Here are its 10 major impacts and framework solutions.

There are two halves to this: Europe and Asia. EU must get wholly serious on defense spending, improve energy security, eliminate reliance on anything Russian, period. Supporting frontline states like Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, maintaining unity are essential. Ukraine should be integrated into NATO and the EU immediately, Putin would have to start and win World War III to stop this. He cannot afford to do so, since he and his regime would no longer exist. A real nuclear world war would also destroy both Communist parties of China and North Korea. As U.S. President Ronald Reagan said to Russia’s then Communist leadership, “A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.”

India’s strategic position makes it crucial in countering China’s influence and this new military alliance. Strengthening the Quad (U.S., Japan, Australia, India) is a counterbalance to China. Deepening economic ties with Europe and the USA reduces India’s dependence on China and Russia. Both Japan and India are now threatened and must now collaborate more closely than they ever have. Japan’s technology, ordnung and India’s labor resources when focused can effectively counter Communist China’s plans.

Increased Military Threat — Impact: The new mutual defense pact will now lead to a more aggressive military posture by North Korea and Russia, it directly threatens Japan’s and India’s security. Solution: Japan and India must enhance defense capabilities, including systems like AEGIS, increasing drone swarms exponentially, develop hypersonic weapons, glide bombs, leverage artificial intelligence and integrated warfare, milestones both nations must work towards to achieve because they are behind.

Nuclear Proliferation — Impact: North Korea’s ongoing nuclear development, now potentially supported by Russian tech, raises the risk of nuclear proliferation in the region. Solution: Strengthen international non-proliferation efforts, increase intel and surveillance activities to monitor, counter such threats.

Economic Instability — Impact: Heightened military tensions disrupt trade routes and economic stability. Solution: Diversify trade partnerships and reduce dependency on China by relocating supply chains to countries like India, Japan, and Vietnam. What is necessary, is always wise.

Regional Power Imbalance — Impact: This pact immediately shifts regional power balance, emboldening China to take more aggressive actions, particularly regarding Taiwan and disputed territories with India, Philippines. Solution: Strengthen regional alliances through frameworks like the Quad, enhance military cooperation with U.S. and other allies.

Cybersecurity Threats — Impact: Increased cooperation between North Korea and Russia will result in more sophisticated cyber attacks targeting Japan and India’s critical infrastructure. Solution: Invest in advanced cybersecurity measures, collaborate with international partners to share intelligence and develop countermeasures.

Diplomatic Isolation — Impact: The pact might lead to diplomatic isolation for Japan and India if other nations perceive them as unable to counterbalance the new alliance effectively. Solution: Engage in proactive diplomacy to build coalitions and reaffirm commitments to international security and stability.

Arms Race — Impact: This new military pact now automagically triggers an arms race, with increased military spending and new weapons systems. Solution: Promote arms control agreements and participate in dialogues aimed at reducing regional tensions and preventing an unchecked arms race.

Maritime Security Challenges — Impact: North Korea’s and Russia’s increased naval activities threaten maritime security in key shipping lanes, affecting Japan and India’s trade. Solution: Strengthen naval capabilities, participate in joint maritime patrols and exercises to ensure the security of vital sea routes.

Terrorism and Insurgency — Impact: Enhanced military ties between North Korea and Russia support terrorist or insurgent groups hostile to Japan and India. Solution: Increase counter-terrorism cooperation and intel sharing with international partners to disrupt and prevent these threats.

Energy Security — Impact: Tensions arising from the pact threaten energy security, particularly for Japan, which relies heavily on imported energy resources. Solution: Diversify energy sources and invest in renewable energy to reduce dependency on unstable regions. For India it must stop buying Russian oil, Russian military weapons, but be given guaranteed replacements. India’s military must be improved, not weakened. This won’t be done overnight, India is behind in weaning its way off Russian dependencies.

By enhancing military capabilities, leveraging strategic positions and diversifying economic realities, allied nations can effectively counter emerging threats. The West, including the United States and its partners, must support these efforts through diplomatic, economic, and military cooperation to ensure regional stability and global peace. All of this requires tangible acts, doing this right, spending what now will be billions of more dollars. However, Russia, China, North Korea and Iran are also spending billions — to destroy democracy and freedom, including countries like Japan and India.

All concerned nations, must now switch to being proactive, instead of always being largely reactive, stop playing politics with the fate of humanity — indeed democracy and freedom itself, especially when basic universal human rights are at stake. The West must now and decisively, immediately respond to counter these Axis expansions of totalitarianism, or it cannot win.

Strengthening alliances, imposing the toughest sanctions that are immediately gutting; supporting Ukraine, enhancing military capabilities, investing in tech are essential steps to ensure a stable and secure international order. Yet these steps must also be just the beginning, not the end.

This emerging alliance challenges the very values of human democracy, sovereignty, human rights and human dignity itself. The international community must unite to defend these principles, protect the global order from these evil ambitions dictator regimes. The stakes are existential, the time for action is now!

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Kal Korff

Analyst, Author, Broadcaster, Columnist, Intelligence Officer, Inv. Journalist, Lecturer, Host: Kal’s Korner podcast. 10,000+ articles, 12 books published.