China Seminar at the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham
China and North Korea were allies during the Cold War, but since then China has developed a close trading relationship with South Korea and adopted a “two Koreas” policy. China continues to provide some economic and political support to North Korea in order to prevent the collapse of the country and remains opposed to Korean unification on South Korean terms. Although China opposes the North Korean nuclear programme, it refuses to apply economic sanctions to compel Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and missile activities. The talk well focus on the strategic considerations that inform China’s policy on the Korean peninsula and how they will impact on the future geopolitics of the region.
Christoph Bluth is Professor of International Studies at the University Leeds. He is a specialist in international security and nuclear weapons policy, and his has published numerous books and articles, including two books on the Korean peninsula.