December 03, 2021

How China’s N. Korean border regions drive Beijing’s policy

To understand China's approach to North Korea, look to the uneven development of north east regions

When asking how China arrives at its North Korea policy, perhaps we should ask: which China? And which policy?

Kevin Gray of the University of Sussex treats China’s approach to North Korea not simply as one originating in Beijing – though the distinct opinions of the Communist Party heads in the capital certainly play a role – but also factors in the regional interests of those areas that border the North.