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China-North Korea Relations

Between Development and Security Edited by Catherine Jones,School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, UK and Sarah Teitt, School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland, Australia
Developing a new approach to exploring security relations between China and North Korea, this timely book examines China’s contradictory statements and actions through the lens of developmental peace. It highlights the differences between their close relationship on the one hand, and China’s votes in favour of sanctions against North Korea on the other, examining the background to this and its importance.
Extent: c 232 pp
Hardback Price: $130.00 Web: $117.00
Publication Date: April 2020
ISBN: 978 1 78897 969 6
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This book develops a new approach to exploring China’s relations with North Korea that utilises the concept of developmental peace. Bringing together various strands of Chinese thinking on the mutually reinforcing relationship between economic development, state stability, and international peace and security, the book provides novel insights into Chinese prescriptions for tackling North Korea’s interrelated military and human security challenges.

Contributors demonstrate how the lens of developmental peace helps to explain the rationale behind, as well as contradictions and challenges in, China’s relations with North Korea on a range of issues such as denuclearisation, water and energy security, human rights, and economic development. Featuring top scholars from China and South Korea, as well as primary evidence from China, North and South Korea, the book greatly improves the understanding of the current perspectives in each state, and the impact they have on this vital security relationship.

Asian studies – and in particular Chinese studies – scholars will appreciate the in-depth analysis of China’s approach to relations with North Korea, as well as the first-hand evidence used. The analysis of the difficulties in China providing a singular approach to its relations will be useful to policy-makers and scholars looking into the complexities of foreign policy.
‘This timely book contributes a much needed lens on China’s Korea policy. Each of its essays probes a different dimension of China’s developmental approach to peace and security on the Korean peninsula. The collection is a must read for experts seeking to make sense of China’s engagement with Korea.’
– Carla P. Freeman, Johns Hopkins University, US

‘A “one-stop shop” for anybody interested in the dynamics of what is becoming an ever more complex and multi-faceted relationship.’
– Shaun Breslin, University of Warwick, UK
Contributors include: J. Hwang, C. Jones, S. Lee, L. Ming, S. Teitt, W. Xingxing, J. Zheng


1. Introduction
Catherine Jones and Sarah Teitt

2. China’s Developmental Peace and North Korea’s Security Challenges
Sarah Teitt

3. Who’s Or Whose China? In relation to North Korea
Catherine Jones

4. Beijing-Pyongyang Complex Relationship—A Mixture of Mutual Strategic Needs and Partial Distrust
Liu Ming

5. North Korea’s Non-traditional Security and China
Jiyong Zheng and Xingxing Wang

6. China-DPRK: the development and security of water relations: Transboundary Water Management between North Korea and China in the Yalu River
Seungho Lee

7. Heart says yes and head says no: China’s preference to bilateral and internal dealing of North Korea’s NTS challenges
Jaewoo Choo

8. China’s Approach to the North Korean Human Rights Issues and South Korea’s Response
Jihwan Hwang

9. Conclusion
Catherine Jones and Sarah Teitt

Timeline of China-North Korea relations
Christina Durham