Professor, Peking University
Mar 25, 2016
The Chinese policy towards the DPRK was not made purely out of ideological considerations but developed its shape today due to geopolitical factors. Unforeseen aggression and expansion by Western powers led to a popular Chinese belief that the Korean Peninsula was a ‘strategic security shield’ for China. Over the years as China's political prowess has only grown North Korea is no longer a 'shield' but rather the 'shielded.'