Between Ally and Partner: Korea-China Relations and the United States

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byJae Ho Chung

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China and South Korea have come a long way since they were adversaries. The arc of their relationship since the late 1970s is an excellent model of East-West cooperation and, at the same time, highlights the growing impact of China's "rise" over its regional neighbors, including America's close allies.

South Korea-China relations have rarely been studied as an independent theme. The accumulation of more than fifteen years of research, Between Ally and Partner reconstructs a comprehensive portrait of Sino-Korean rapprochement and examines the strategic dilemma that the rise of China has posed for South Korea and its alliance with the United States. Jae Ho Chung makes use of declassified government archives, internal reports, and opinion surveys and conducts personal interviews with Korean, Chinese, and American officials. He tackles three questions: Why did South Korea and China reconcile before the end of the cold war? How did rapprochement lay the groundwork for diplomatic normalization? And what will the intersection of security concerns and economic necessity with China mean for South Korea's relationship with its close ally, the United States?

The implications of Sino-Korean relations go far beyond the Korean Peninsula. South Korea was caught largely unprepared, both strategically and psychologically, by China's rise, and the dilemma that South Korea now faces has crucial ramifications for many countries in Asia, where attempts to counterbalance China have been rare. Thoroughly investigated and clearly presented, this book answers critical questions concerning what kept these two countries talking and how enmity was transformed into a zeal for partnership.

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China and South Korea have come a long way since they were adversaries. The arc of their relationship since the late 1970s is an excellent model of East-West cooperation and, at the same time, highlights the growing impact of China's "rise" over its regional neighbors, including America's close allies.South Korea-China relations have r...

Jae Ho Chung is professor of international relations and director of the Institute for China Studies at Seoul National University. He is the author or editor of ten books, including Central Control and Local Discretion in China, Provincial Strategies of Economic Reform in Post-Mao China, and Charting China's Future.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 22, 2006Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231511183

ISBN - 13:9780231511186

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Preface
1. The Rise of Korea-China Relations and the United States
2. A Sketch of Sino-Korean Relations
3. Perspectives on the Origins of the South Korea--China Rapprochement
4. South Korea--China Relations Before 1988
5. The Political Economy of Rapprochement, 1988--1992
6. The Politics of Normalization: Actors, Processes, and Issues
7. Beyond Normalization: South Korea and China in the Post--Cold War Era
8. The Rise of China and the U.S.--South Korean Alliance Under Strain
9. Between Dragon and Eagle: Korea at the Crossroads
Notes
Index

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Imposing clarity upon the cluttered chessboard of contemporary North-east Asian geopolitics is a daunting proposition, but one at which Jae Ho Chung effortlessly succeeds in his book, Between Ally and Partner.