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Assessing China’s Leadership in the North Korean Crisis

Assessing China’s Leadership in the North Korean Crisis

The ongoing nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula is testing Beijing’s ability to assume Northeast Asian leadership in the interest of its own security and regional stability. China’s actions over the past several weeks have sought to demonstrate that it is uniquely able to manage crises on the Peninsula, and that it is therefore in [...]

Let’s Be Friends

Let’s Be Friends

US Vice President Joseph Biden’s tour of Northeast Asia could not be timelier, as the region has turned into something of a hornet’s nest. China’s recent declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) is just the latest twist to trends years in the making that are dangerous and disturbing: sparring between Tokyo and Beijing over [...]

China’s North Korea Policy: Backtracking from Sunnylands?

China’s North Korea Policy: Backtracking from Sunnylands?

In recent months, China has affected a sterner disposition toward North Korea, reflecting growing frustration with its errant neighbor. But despite Chinese President Xi Jinping’s stronger rhetoric on denuclearization during his summit discussions with US President Barack Obama at Sunnylands, Beijing’s policy is still based upon the strategic [...]

Chinese Perspectives: Third North Korean Nuclear Test Unlikely (For Now)

Chinese Perspectives: Third North Korean Nuclear Test Unlikely (For Now)

As the summer weather heats up in Beijing, Chinese experts are turning cold on their predictions for a North Korean nuclear test anytime soon. Recent interviews by the author with leading Chinese experts on North Korea reveal that the majority do not believe Kim Jong Un and the North Korean government will conduct a third nuclear test in the near [...]

China and the Cheonan Incident

China and the Cheonan Incident

The Chinese are facing widespread criticism for their behavior following the Cheonan incident: Scott Snyder has called for China to change its priorities on the peninsula from preserving the status quo to pushing for change, while Victor Cha has argued that China has handled the incident badly and is harming its long-term interests and reputation [...]

Chairman Kim Jong Il’s Visit to China and Its Implications

Chairman Kim Jong Il’s Visit to China and Its Implications

A convoy of vehicles allegedly carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and entourage drives along Changan Avenue in downtown Beijing on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Yonhap Since the beginning of 2010, rumors of an imminent visit by Kim Jong Il to China have been floating around. It was not surprising then that during the investigation of the [...]

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