Professor Sungmin Cho’s latest peer-reviewed article entitled “The Chinese Perspectives of the Korean Unification: Evidence from the Chinese Academic Publications” was recently published by the Korea Observer.

Here is the abstract of the article.

“What are the Chinese perspectives on Korean unification, and what are the concerns and expectations? The English-language literature on this subject lacks citations from primary sources to claim a wide survey of Chinese perspectives. Based upon the 62 Chinese journal articles and 29 expert commentaries in Chinese, I infer a broad spectrum of Chinese thinking on the Korea unification. I find that the Chinese analysts have contemplated a relatively more moderate approach to managing the Korean unification process with the U.S. than often assumed outside China. Although Chinese scholars’ views do not represent the Chinese government’s policy, I argue that there is still a room for negotiation to enhance the crisis-management mechanism with China on the affairs of Korean unification. This article contributes to broadening the extant body of knowledge on the China-Korean Peninsula relations by identifying the breadth of the Chinese views on the Korean unification.”

The article is structured as seen below.

1. Introduction
2. How do we know the Chinese Perspectives of the Korean Unification?
3. What have Chinese Analysts Written about Korean Unification?
4. Discussion: the U.S.-China Strategic Competition and Korean Unification
5. Conclusion

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The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of DKI APCSS, the U.S. Department of Defense or the U.S. government.