China-Korea Relations: New Challenges in the Post-Kim Jong Il Era

Scott Snyder, See-Won Byun
Content Type
Journal Article
Comparative Connections
Issue Number
Publication Date
September 2011
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Beijing underscored maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula following Kim Jong Il's death. DPRK leadership succession raises questions about the future direction of China's Korea policy, which was most recently reaffirmed during an October visit to the two Koreas by Vice Premier Li Keqiang, the presumed successor of Premier Wen Jiabao. Prior to Kim's death, China and North Korea maintained regular contacts with senior national, party, and military officials. There have also been mutual efforts to stabilize Sino-South Korean relations despite many differences that have risen in the aftermath of North Korea's 2010 provocations. The fourth China-ROK high-level strategic dialogue was held on Dec. 27 in Seoul.
Political Geography
China, Beijing, South Korea, North Korea, Korea