Ted Galen Carpenter, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
Jul 16, 2014
President Xi Jingping’s recent visit to South Korea was a rebuff to North Korea’s defiance of China’s warnings not to conduct nuclear or missile tests. If the United States incentivizes the Chinese government to incur the risks of abandoning the North Korean regime, Beijing might be willing to dump Pyongyang and treat Seoul as its future partner on the Peninsula.
Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Jul 15, 2014
Relations between China and South Korea continue to improve. Their two governments have developed a strong economic partnership and managed their security differences over North Korea and other issues well. Surveys of South Korean public opinion show a remarkable rise in popular assessments of China and its policies. Nevertheless, South Korea remains a reliable U.S. ally and security partner and Beijing’s options regarding Seoul are seriously constrained as long as China remains committed to sustaining North Korea as a buffer state.
Mel Gurtov, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Portland State University
Jul 15, 2014
Chinese President Xi Jinping recently made a trip to South Korea to further three objectives, according to Mel Gurtov. Given these three objectives, Gurtov analyzes and discusses their implications. More broadly, he also analyzes the implications of President Xi Jinping’s trip in general.
Colin Moreshead, Freelance Writer
Apr 03, 2014
In light of recent tension in the Asia Pacific, Colin Moreshead argues that the United States should bring Japan, South Korea and China all to the table for common-ground initiatives, like fighting climate change or promoting education.
Wu Zurong, Research Fellow, China Foundation for Int'l Studies
May 20, 2013
The combination of the U.S. pivot to Asia and the reemergence of nationalism in Japan has created tension in the Asia-Pacific region. As China continues to feel threatened by the close relations between the U.S. and Japan, Wu Zurong points out that irritants to Sino-U.S. relations will hurt the Asia-Pacific as a whole.
Chen Jimin, Guest Researcher, Center for Peace and Development Studies, China Association for International Friendly Contact
May 18, 2013
The state of security in Northeast Asia will be counteractive to the state of Sino-US relations. Thus, increased cooperation in Northeast Asia will also provide a favorable opportunity and important platform to cultivate a new type of relations between China and the United States.
Stephen Harner, Former US State Department Official
May 10, 2013
Recently, US foreign policy experts have argued that China’s military power presents major implications for the US and Japan’s ability to maintain regional stability. However, Stephen Harner argues the US and Japan must recognize the changing geopolitical landscape in the Asia-Pacific and recognize the dangers of the current security order.
Zhou Bo, Honorary Fellow, PLA Academy of Military Science
Apr 25, 2013
Zhou Bo writes that the success of General Martin Dempsey’s recent visit to China signals that both sides have thus far agreed to disagree, and that strategic mutual trust is deepening US-China military relations.
Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
Apr 23, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry recently traveled to China in order to encourage further pressure on Pyongyang. Although Beijing is clearly upset with North Korea, Doug Bandow believes that Zhongnanhai will only act if it is in China's interest.
Troy Stangarone, Senior Director, Korea Economic Institute of America
Apr 08, 2013
Under the newly elected leadership of Park Geun-hye, South Korea is poised to transform its relations with China and North Korea through increased engagement.