The China-North Korea Relationship Analytical Essay

The China-North Korea Relationship
Analyzes the extent to which the North Korean nuclear issue has transformed the relationship between China and North Korea.
# 129223 | 1,550 words | 16 sources | MLA | 2010 | FR

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This paper analyzes the history of the relationship between China and North Korea as strategic allies to better understand the strength of this partnering. The paper relates that the ties between these countries have been weakening due mainly to China's opening to other economic partners especially South Korea, which is a trend that pre-dated the nuclear problem. The paper concludes that, because of the North Korean nuclear program, Beijing has the opportunity to assert its leading political role in the region as the main interlocutor for Pyongyang. Thus, China's mission is to lead North Korea to peace and prosperity.

From the Paper:

"It is then easy to understand why the economic ties between both nations are so strong. But should we talk of economic dependency, or interdependency? Pyongyang has always been dependent on Beijing's economic aid. During the Cold War, the USSR and China were the main source of economic and military aid of North Korea. The commentators often raise that the economic dependency of Pyongyang towards Beijing is an important barrier to its will of political independence. In 2005, China was the main economic partner of North Korea (35% of the North Korean exportations were sent to China)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • CABRILLAC, Bruno, Economie de la Chine, Presses universitaires de France, Paris, 2009
  • CHEONG, Seong Chang, Ideologie et systeme en Coree du Nord, De KIM Il-Song a KIM Chong-Il, L'Harmattan, Paris, 1997
  • FENBY, Jonathan, The history of modern China: the fall and rise of a great power, 1850-2009, Penguin, London, 2009
  • NICOLAS, Francoise, Korea in the new Asia: East Asian integration and the China factor, Routledge, London, 2007
  • POSTEL-VINAY, Karoline, Coree, au coeur de la nouvelle Asie, Flammarion, Paris, 2002

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