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China and the North Korean Nuclear Issue


  • Yiwei Wang

    (The author is Assistant Professor, Center for American Studies and Assistant to the Dean of Institute of International Studies, Fudan University.)


The North Korean nuclear issue has received a great deal of international attention, especially in the context of the role that China can play in diffusing the crisis. China's role in the six-party talks has been grossly overstated or misunderstood. To have a realistic assessment, one needs to understand China's diplomacy in a broad perspective. Again, China's approach to the problem fits into its new strategic thinking—the peaceful rise. As regards the means, China could use economic incentives, political dialogue and/or military pressure to encourage North Korea to give up its nuclear programme.

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  • Yiwei Wang, 2005. "China and the North Korean Nuclear Issue," International Studies, , vol. 42(3-4), pages 265-275, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:intstu:v:42:y:2005:i:3-4:p:265-275

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