Managing Relations amidst Power Transitions

Author
Scott Snyder, See-Won Byun
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Comparative Connections
Volume
14
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
September 2012
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
Senior-level dialogue between China and North Korea resumed this summer when head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) International Department Wang Jiarui became the first senior foreign visitor to meet Kim Jong Un. Previously, there had been a great deal of speculation regarding the absence of leadership exchanges since Kim Jong Il's death. Several other high- level exchanges followed. Discussions focused on reconciling priorities and Chinese support for Kim Jung Un's consolidation of power. Although more subdued, there were also several high- level exchanges between China and South Korea as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties, initiated talks on establishing a bilateral free trade agreement, held the second round of strategic defense talks, and sparred over South Korean concerns about human rights.
Topic
Human Rights
Political Geography
China, South Korea, North Korea