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Therefore, policies should be characterized more by continuity than change. Accordingly, China views the two Koreas through the prism of great power politics combined with more pragmatic approaches. As the U.
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China and North Korea
Therefore, policies should be characterized more by continuity than change. Accordingly, China views the two Koreas through the prism of great power politics combined with more pragmatic approaches. As the U. This paper proceeds by first outlining the different characterizations of China-North Korea relations.
Broadly speaking, four different characterizations of China-North Korea relations have existed in Chinese strategic thinking over time. The first conforms to conventional wisdom of China and North Korea as allies. They fought shoulder to shoulder in the Korean war against the United States. The Sino-North Korean Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance, signed in , possesses a military intervention clause to defend each other if a third party intervenes militarily.
In this relationship, they are described as blood-shared allies. However, this view of relations has diminished since China adopted the reform and opening policies in and established a formal relationship with South Korea in The second categorization is one of traditional good neighborly and friendly relations, which has been the formal description of relations by Chinese authorities since the mids.
Accordingly, North Korea falls under the same category as these countries. The third description is that of strategic partnership. Under the harsh security environment of the Cold War, China and North Korea maintained friendly and cooperative relations through their respective strategic calculations despite their level of trust being low and lack of special liaison between them. Thus, the strategic competition between the U.
Fourth is normal state-to-state relations. The key concept in this description is that of national interest. Former President Hu Jintao revealed his determination to establish normal state-to-state relations in front of North Korean military leader Cho Myeong-rok, who visited Beijing in after reviewing China-North Korea relations. While Cho emphasized traditional blood-shared relations, Hu promptly corrected him. No single view has necessarily been dominant in the policies.
Reflecting its changing power and influence, strategic ideas in China have also evolved and diversified. Revolutionary foreign policies were dominant for roughly three decades of the Mao Zedong period. This was followed by the opening up and reform policies during the next three decades under Deng, Zhang, and Hu. Identifying China as a great power, Xi commenced the era of great power foreign policy: China was no longer merely a continental or regional power, but a global power.
Chinese strategic thinking on the Korean Peninsula has accordingly changed and is no longer monolithic. The traditional image of a top-down approach to Chinese decision-making has also caused a misunderstanding of Chinese foreign policy.
Traditionalist hawks argue that China must consider North Korea as one of its key allies to mitigate U. Accordingly, this group regards South Korea as a hostile state allied with the U. This school constituted the mainstream view before Hu Jintao. This constituted a major line of Chinese foreign policy during the Jiang Zemin and into the Hu Jintao era.
On this basis, they sought to transform the relationship with North Korea into a normal state-to-state relationship. During the Hu era, the majority of think-tank experts in Beijing belonged to this group. As such, it is surmised that Chinese interests may collide head-on with those of the U. The ideas of this group gradually gained traction among the Chinese populace and elites around the time of the 17th Party Congress in , even before the financial crisis.
They are likely to oppose unilateral intervention in North Korea either by the U. Accordingly, competition with the U. In this respect, the Korean Peninsula is seen as a locus of strategic competition with the U. The evolving strategic thinking of China will certainly continue to influence its North Korea policy as well as future relations between China and South Korea. However, the latter school of thought pays relatively more attention to the strategic interests and role of China as a great power.
However, after the fourth nuclear test in January , policy under Xi moved increasingly towards imposing sanctions. Noteworthy too is how those supporting abandonment of North Korea have also increased; under Hu, almost no one supported this view publicly. Such policy changes appear to reflect changing tides in academia and among experts, possessing their own regional, academic, functional, and generational foundations.
They compete against each other to secure policy access and expand influence. Thus, China under Xi Jinping is not shy of wielding its power bluntly if it feels its national interests to be damaged or threatened. At the same time, it is obvious that Beijing has become more active regarding the North Korea nuclear issue and proposed in a new dual track mechanism to stimulate parallel dialogues to pursue a peace treaty and denuclearization simultaneously.
On the one hand, China hopes to use North Korea issues, namely denuclearization, as a means for cooperation between the U. On the other hand, China is also afraid of the growing influence of South Korea, and eventually the U. Beijing has reinterpreted its strategy for the Korean Peninsula more ambitiously than before. Beijing has sought to extend its influence over the whole Korean Peninsula instead of just protecting its buffer zone. The U. In the middle of intensifying U. China has therefore sought to some extent to recover its relationship with North Korea.
In sum, China is unwilling to abandon North Korea as a strategic ally. Should the strategic competition with the United States intensify, China might tighten its strategic interests with North Korea even further. The dual track approach that China has proposed has been broadly accepted as a guiding principle to North Korea denuclearization negotiations.
However, the prospects for denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula are not necessarily optimistic. Where the focus is more on strategic competition, neither the U. Furthermore, despite the recent thawing of relations and intensified cooperation between China and North Korea, there remains a deficit of trust in bilateral relations. By affirming self-reliance policies in the recently held Central Party plenum in December , North Korea seeks to minimize the negative influence of the U.
Should North Korea return to its brinkmanship approach, however, Beijing will be forced to reexamine its current North Korea policy in line with its new identity as a great power. The Moon Jae-in government, for its part, has not yet given up on talks with North Korea and resolving the denuclearization issue through dialogue. If these efforts should fail, however, South Korea will find itself at the crossroads between self-armament and further strengthening its alliance with the U.
The prevailing wisdom has been that China was not likely to take any initiative on Korean Peninsula issues; instead it would seek to maintain the status quo. Since , however, relations have improved as Beijing seeks to provide modest diplomatic and economic support to North Korea while advocating a dual-track peace and denuclearization process.
In the near future, China will pay close attention to the evolving regional security dynamics, in particular U. While neither the U. Looking ahead, the U. He currently also serves as a foreign policy advisor on several committees to the South Korean president and government. He obtained his PhD in political science from the University of Michigan. The Institute for Security and Development Policy is an independent, non-partisan research and policy organization based in Stockholm dedicated to expanding understanding of international affairs.
With its extensive contact network with partner institutes in Asia, each year ISDP invites a number of visiting researchers as well as guest authors from the region to participate in research, discussion, and exchange with European scholars and policy officials. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this paper are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect those of ISDP or its sponsors.
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Read full text. Changing Chinese Strategic Thinking and Influence on North Korea Policies Reflecting its changing power and influence, strategic ideas in China have also evolved and diversified.
Conclusion The prevailing wisdom has been that China was not likely to take any initiative on Korean Peninsula issues; instead it would seek to maintain the status quo. Author Bio Dr. ISDP The Institute for Security and Development Policy is an independent, non-partisan research and policy organization based in Stockholm dedicated to expanding understanding of international affairs.
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