China and North Korea: A Peculiar Relationship
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Since Beijing organized the six-party talks in 2003 and persuaded North Korea to participate, much of the international community has applauded Chinas leadership in attempting to stabilize the region. However, some U.S. policymakers and regional experts have mistaken Chinas preference for a nonnuclear Korea as indication that Beijings policy goals are more similar to U.S. policy goals than is accurate. Some mistake Chinas policy priorities in the region and, therefore, do not understand why Beijing does not take a more hard-line stance against North Korea. Others overestimate Chinas ability to influence North Korea. The purpose of this thesis is to provide a clearer understanding of Beijings short-term and long-term policies toward North Korea and the limits of Beijings ability to influence Pyongyangs behavior, in order to assist U.S. policymakers in formulating realistic strategies toward interaction with China on Korean peninsula issues.
- Government and Political Science