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ISDP Forum: Deciphering China’s Policy towards North Korea
February 26, 2020 - 10:00-11:30
A common perception is that North Korea is China’s strategic asset and natural ally due to ideology, geographical proximity, great power competition, and the fact that they fought on the same side in the Korean War. A more careful look at China’s policies on North Korea reveal, however, evolutions in approach. In particular, deciphering China’s North Korea policies under Xi Jinping has recently been a subject of intense debate. From a chilly start, relations between the two states appear to have thawed considerably in the past two years. How then should we understand changes in China’s policy? How does North Korea view China? And what are the implications for resolving the nuclear issue?