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China, the great powers, and the Koreas : Beyond the Beijing Olympics

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  • China, the great powers, and the Koreas
  • Scobell, Andrew
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Title China, the great powers, and the Koreas
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Beyond the Beijing Olympics

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Scobell, Andrew

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[Washington, D.C.]:International Council on Korean Studies

Date 2010
Journal Title; Vol./Issue International Journal of Korean Studies:vol. 14(no. 1)
Pages 17
Subject Country United States(Americas)
China(Asia and Pacific)
Japan(Asia and Pacific)
North Korea(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Russia(Europe)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < International Politics
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Abstract

A paramount geostrategic goal for China is to deny any other great power direct access to Korea. If outright control of the Peninsula is unachievable, then the second best situation for China is a divided Korea, which at least prevents other powers from having full control of Korea and limits Korea’s own power. Unless a unified Korea can be independent and neutral, China has no real interest in a unified and independent Korea. Thus, for the past sixty years or so a divided Korea has suited Beijing’s purposes. But a divided Peninsula has provided scant reassurance to China in recent years. This article examines Beijing’s thinking on Korea in the context of China’s relations with the United States, Japan, and Russia with particular attention to the period since 2008.