A Fragile China-ROK Strategic Partnership

Author
Scott Snyder, See-Won Byun
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Comparative Connections
Volume
13
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
September 2011
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
High-level exchanges between China and South Korea's foreign and defense ministries appeared to recover momentum as the two countries marked their 19th anniversary of diplomatic relations on Aug. 24. The first China-ROK “strategic defense dialogue” was held in Seoul on July 27 following talks between Defense Ministers Liang Guanglie and Kim Kwan-jin in Beijing on July 15 and in Singapore on June 4 on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue. Foreign Ministers Yang Jiechi and Kim Sung-hwan met June 6 ahead of the Asia-Europe Foreign Ministers Meeting in Budapest and held another round of talks July 21 in Bali on the sidelines of ASEAN regional meetings. But efforts to consolidate the China-ROK strategic partnership have exposed policy differences over North Korea and the ROK alliance relationship with the US.
Topic
Fragile/Failed State
Political Geography
United States, China, South Korea, North Korea