The China–North Korea relationship: more of the same

When Kim Jong-un visited Beijing in late March, the world took notice. That was Kim’s first visit to China—and his first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping—since he became North Korea’s ruler in December 2011.

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Is China changing its strategy towards North Korea?

Something paradoxical has happened in Chinese thinking about North Korea. US President Donald Trump’s impulsive decision to accept North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s invitation to a summit has stunned China, as it has many other countries. But other than South Korea, China should be the country most elated about such a summit.

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What Does China Want in the South China Sea?

On January 25, 2018, I gave an interview to the Inquiry program of the BBC World Service on China’s claims to the South China Sea. The program also features interviews from three other experts on the economic, strategic and diplomatic aspects of the South China Sea disputes. Listen to it here.

About

Dr Feng Zhang (PhD, LSE) is a Fellow in the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. His research focuses on Chinese foreign policy, Asia-Pacific security, and international relations theory. He is also Adjunct Professor at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies in China.

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