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
Subjects: Political Science, History
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