Richard Weitz Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Jul 02 , 2020
One cost of the deteriorating Sino-American relationship is that it encourages North Korean intransigence regarding the inter-Korean peace process. If the U.S. and China want to avoid a repeat of the Korean War, it is up to both great powers to pursue policies which incentivize North Korean compliance.
Cui Liru Senior Researcher, Taihe Institute
Zhang Chenrong Assistant Researcher, Taihe Institute
Feb 06 , 2020
Strategic currents and cross-currents have resulted in a complex geopolitical stew. China is playing a constructive role in helping keep the heat down as it encourages a solution based on “multiparty consultation.”
Wang Fan Vice President, China Foreign Affairs University
Nov 19 , 2019
The DPRK must have security guarantees. Once the Pyongyang regime’s continuity is ensured, it can embark on a path to economic stability and growth, which in turn can ease its foreign policy.
Yue Li Senior Fellow, Pangoal Institution
Nov 15 , 2019
The DPRK and United States have dug in their heels, but a window of opportunity remains. Step-by-step reduction and verification agreed by both sides is the only realistic way to solve the problem over time.
Ted Galen Carpenter Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
Jul 30 , 2019
President Trump’s continuing willingness to meet with Kim Jong-un reflects both a major shift in U.S. policy and the importance of China’s constructive influence. Beijing has pushed Washington for years to open a bilateral dialogue with Pyongyang, but previous U.S. administrations spurned or deflected China’s advice, until now.
Zhang Yun Associate Professor, National Niigata University in Japan
Jul 22 , 2019
As a country with long diplomatic experience with the US and a rare close relationship with the DPRK, China is uniquely suited to help the two countries come to the table and bridge their massive differences. As an “external think tank,” China can use its expertise to help break rigid perceptions on both sides and usher in a new era of productive diplomatic, and perhaps even economic, relations.
Cui Lei Research Fellow, China Institute of International Studies
Jun 28 , 2019
With Xi’s visit to Pyongyang, some observers speculated that he sought to lessen US pressure in exchange for progress on North Korean denuclearization. But China handles North Korea for its own sake and particular reasons, not to “play the North Korea card” in dealing with the US.
An Gang Research Fellow, Center for International Strategy and Security, Tsinghua University
Jun 28 , 2019
Xi’s recent visit to Kim Jong-un affirmed China-North Korea ties—Beijing will not break with Pyongyang to appease the US. However, China can still play a constructive role in encouraging a new round of Xi-Trump talks to lay the foundations for peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Doug Bandow Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
Apr 24 , 2019
Xi Jinping is expected to make a trip to Pyongyang in the coming weeks. Between the unpredictable U.S.-North Korea relationship, the tumultuous China-U.S. trade war, and strengthening Washington-Moscow ties, Xi has many reasons to make a long-awaited visit his unpredictable neighbor.
Yang Wenjing Chief of US Foreign Policy, Institute of Contemporary International Relations
Apr 24 , 2019
Despite Trump’s diplomacy, North Korea will likely keep its nuclear capabilities while seeking more economic integration. This will pose complications for China, as either the US or other regional powers will pursue greater deterrence against a de facto nuclear North Korea.