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Tackling the North Korea Conundrum

August 14, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mānoa Campus, East-West Center Research Program, Burns Hall, Room 3012

Tackling the North Korea Conundrum: What Can the ROK and China Do Together?

Zhiqun Zhu

Director of the China Institute
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations
Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

South Korea and China are the two biggest stakeholders in North Korea’s future and will be most affected by any drastic changes in North Korea. The two countries must take the leadership role now to break the North Korea stalemate. This seminar explores how South Korea and China can cooperate to handle the North Korea challenge including preparing for the DPRK’s collapse so as to minimize the costs they will bear that are associated with the North’s inevitable transformation. The seminar examines the current status of the North Korea problem, discusses the evolving relations between China and the two Koreas, and proposes some policy options to China and South Korea in dealing with North Korea together. It also looks at limits to further cooperation between China and South Korea. The suggested ROK-China joint efforts will focus on three dimensions: economic, political, and security. International support, especially from the United States, is critical for the success of joint ROK-China endeavors.

Zhiqun Zhu is Director of the China Institute and Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. His teaching and research interests focus on Chinese foreign policy and East Asian international relations. He has authored and edited over 10 books and published dozens of journal articles and book chapters. He previously taught at University of Bridgeport, Hamilton College and Shanghai International Studies University. He was a visiting senior fellow at the East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore in 2010 and 2012.


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