UNEASY NEIGHBORS: KOREA AND CHINA IN HISTORY
by Eunsook Yang
Envoys from the Three Korean Kingdoms in a VII century Tang mural painting.
The recent escalation in the North Korean nuclear programme has once again raised questions about the nature of relations between the secretive regime led by Kim Jong-un and its Chinese neighbor, the only foreign country deemed to have leverage enough to influence the decision making process in Pyongyang.
For many commentators, this is an opportunity for the Chinese President Xi Jinping to strengthen his political stature and also for China to fill in the void in global leadership allegedly left by the Trump Administration. For others, getting more deeply entangled in the North Korean crisis is a trap that China must avoid at all costs.
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