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Korean Unification and the False Promise of Strategic Bargains with China

Title
Korean Unification and the False Promise of Strategic Bargains with China
Authors
Easley, Leif-Eric
Ewha Authors
Leif Eric Easley
SCOPUS Author ID
Leif Eric Easleyscopus
Issue Date
2020
Journal Title
ASIAN PERSPECTIVE
ISSN
0258-9184JCR Link
Citation
ASIAN PERSPECTIVE vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 701 - 723
Keywords
Asia regional securitydenuclearizationdomestic politicsforeign policy strategyhistorical analogiesinternational normsUS alliances
Publisher
KYUNGNAM UNIV, INST FAR EASTERN STUDIES
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS; KCI WOS
Document Type
Article
Abstract
China's rising regional influence, North Korea's intractable challenges to peace and stability, and a US president fond of 'big deals' and skeptical of overseas deployments in allied countriesthese factors and others have intensified speculation about a strategic bargain regarding Korean unification. Washington would withdraw troops from South Korea, Beijing would end its support of the North Korean regime, and Seoul and Pyongyang would proceed with integration. This article finds that such strategic bargain proposals tend to suffer three major flaws: mistaken historical analogies with Cold War Europe, disregard for domestic political variables, and sacrifice of international norms while accommodating China. Washington pursuing a grand bargain with Beijing regarding Korea would deepen misperceptions in Asia, damage US alliances, and deny Seoul productive agency for transforming the security, economy, and diplomacy of the Korean peninsula.
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DOI
10.1353/apr.2020.0030
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