19 March 2012
Chinese Interest on the Korean Peninsula and the Future of North Korea
The author of this paper contends that the rise of China is a fact of life in East Asia. For Korea there is no choice but to accept this fact and to adjust to the new, emerging order in this part of the world. China is not excessively enthusiastic about Korean unification, but its concerns and doubts are not that difficult to overcome through cold and calculated diplomacy. This diplomacy will require some concessions from the South Korean side, but considering the importance of the issues at stake, such concessions are relatively minor and acceptable.
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