Seminar: Dangerous Liaison Beijing's North Korea Policy after the Cold War


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Brown Bag Seminar by Jindong Yuan

When: Jan 14 2014 - 12:00pm until Jan 14 2014 - 1:00pm
Where: John A. Burns Hall, Room #3012, East-West Center


This seminar seeks to provide a brief overview of both the complexity of the North Korean-Chinese relations since the end of the Cold War and the nuclear issue as it has deeply impacted US non-proliferation policy and regional stability, and China’s perspectives and policy debates on this issue as a rising power. It outlines and analyses Chinese foreign, security and economic policies towards North Korea, and how these policies advance and influence China’s strategic interests and regional security posture. Key to these analyses will be an understanding of the dynamics of cooperation and competition between Beijing and Washington on the North Korean nuclear crisis and its impact on the wider bilateral relationship and regional power relations. It argues that Beijing’s North Korea policy must be placed in the broader contexts of its interest in a de-nuclearised Korean Peninsula, in particular in that it averts a possible nuclear domino effect in Northeast Asia; a stable China-DPRK relationship, not from an ideological perspective but more from one of securing a strategic buffer; the growing ties between Beijing and Seoul, and China’s views of the longer term prospects of a unified Korea and the consequences for China’s security; and the complexity of Sino-American relations with both regional and global implications.

Dr. Jingdong Yuan is Associate Professor at the Centre for International Security Studies (as Acting Director November 2011—January 2013) and the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, where he is also an academic member of the China Studies Centre. Prof. Yuan specializes in Asia-Pacific security, Chinese defense and foreign policy, and global and regional arms control and non-proliferation issues. A graduate of the Xi'an Foreign Language University, People's Republic of China (1982), he received his Ph.D. in political science from Queen's University in 1995 and has had research and teaching appointments at Queen's University, York University, the University of Toronto, and the University of British Columbia, where he was a recipient of the prestigious Iaazk Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Between 1999 and 2010, he held various appointments at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, including as Director of East Asia Nonproliferation Program, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. He is the co-editor of Australia and China at 40 (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2012) and the author of The Dragon’s Will: the Exercise and Limitation of China’s Power from Pyongyang to Khartoum (New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2014), and co-author, Chinese Cruise Missiles:  A Quiet Force-Multiplier, China Security Perspective (Washington, DC: National Defense University Press, 2014), and China and India: Cooperation or Conflict? (Boulder, Co.: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2003). His publications have also appeared in Asian Survey, Far Eastern Economic Review, Contemporary Security Policy, International Herald Tribune, International Journal, Journal of Contemporary China, Journal of International Affairs, Nonproliferation Review, Washington Quarterly, among others.  

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Name: Cynthia Wasa Nakachi
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