China's 'two Koreas' policy : achievements and contradictions

Hundt, David 2010, China's 'two Koreas' policy : achievements and contradictions, Political science, vol. 62, no. 2, December, pp. 132-145, doi: 10.1177/0032318710384049.

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Title China's 'two Koreas' policy : achievements and contradictions
Author(s) Hundt, DavidORCID iD for Hundt, David
Journal name Political science
Volume number 62
Issue number 2
Season December
Start page 132
End page 145
Total pages 14
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010-12
ISSN 0032-3187
Keyword(s) Interdependence
Sino-Korean relations
Six Party Talks
Two-Korea policy
Summary China has long maintained a keen interest in events on the Korean peninsula, which Beijing considers to fall within the Sinic sphere of interest. The PRC has maintained a decades-long alliance with North Korea, and also achieved a rapprochement with South Korea, with whom China enjoys a burgeoning economic relationship. The PRC’s pursuit of a ‘two Koreas’ policy has tested Beijing’s diplomatic mettle during the past decade. In and of itself, the maintenance of strong ties to both Koreas represents a significant achievement. By reviewing recent developments in Chinese diplomacy towards the peninsula, this article highlights both the achievements and contradictions inherent in Beijing’s two-Korea policy. North Korea has risked China’s wrath by pursuing a nuclear deterrent, and by refusing to enact market reforms. In the case of the South, the government of Lee Myung-bak has strengthened its alliance with the U.S. and also sought to compensate for its growing economic interdependence with China by seeking FTAs with other states, including the U.S. The sinking of the Cheonan in March 2010 presents an opportunity to reflect on China’s efforts to balance its ties with both Koreas.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0032318710384049
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
160603 Comparative Government and Politics
Socio Economic Objective 940301 Defence and Security Policy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, The Author(s)
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