January 28, 2023

China, S. Korea, U.S: Whose NK approach works best?

Even-handed treatment by the Chinese not necessarily beneficial to inter-Korean ties, expert says

Of all the players with a key stake in the Korean Peninsula, China has pursued the most prudent policy toward North, an expert told NK News.

In the second part of an email interview, Balazs Szalontai, historian and assistant professor at Kwangwoon University's Department of International Studies, said that China has been deft in not tying its relations to the North to one specific issue – like nuclear proliferation or, in Japan’s case, abductees. Also, the PRC has not harmed its credibility by promising a ”solution” on these issues that could not be delivered.