Indo-Pacific Relations with North Korea

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Indo-Pacific Relations with North Korea

Publisher: Washington, DC: East-West Center

 

 

Chheang Vannarith, President of Asian Vision Institute, Phnom Penh, explains that "Before the imposition of the latest round of United Nations sanctions on North Korea, the relationship with Cambodia had helped Pyongyang maintain access to trade."
 
Dr. Jagannath Panda, Research Fellow and Centre Coordinator for East Asia at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, explains that "India has not been constrained by broader diplomatic concerns in pursuing a forward-looking approach toward North Korea."
 
Chiew-Ping Hoo, Senior Lecturer, Strategic Studies and International Relations, at the National University of Malaysia, explains that "The relationship was solidified through mutual recognition of the necessity of maintaining peace and stability and diffusing tensions arising from the East-West confrontation."
 
Alicia Campi, President of The Mongolia Society, explains that "Envisioning Mongolia as a “New Helsinki,” former President Elbegdorj made a four-day state visit to Pyongyang in 2013 to offer his country as a potential facilitator between North Korea, South Korea, Japan, and the United States."
 
Khun Nyan Min Htet, former East-West Center in Washington Young Professionals Program participant, explains that "As pariah states shunned by the international community for their severe human rights violations and facing sanctions and embargoes by the West, the two countries managed pragmatically to meet each others' needs."
 
Aaron Rabena, Associate Fellow at the Philippine Council for Foreign Relations, explains that "Because of North Korea’s links with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed faction, the New People’s Army (NPA), it was not until the post-Cold War period, specifically July 12, 2000, that official ties were established."
 
Kavi Chongkittavorn, former Asia Studies Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that "In the context of a dramatically improved Thai-US relationship under President Trump’s administration, Thailand readily agreed to abide by Washington’s request to stop trading with North Korea."
 
Dr. Huong Le Thu, Senior Analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, explains that "Today, the relationship may have an opportunity for a new chapter – one that is based not on a common ideology, but by a desire for economic growth and development."
 
Daniel Wertz, Program Manager at the National Committee on North Korea, explains that "Pyongyang has established diplomatic relations with every ASEAN country, has been a member of the ASEAN Regional Forum since 2000, and has embassies in every country in the region except [three]."

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