Chinese PLA Media Commentaries on North Korea: Going Rogue or Staying on Script?

Within China, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is a principle stakeholder in Beijing’s policy decision-making. In recent years, PLA officials have penned some of the more interesting, and forceful, articles in the media, which in turn has fueled speculation from Western analysts about a potential shift in China’s approach toward North Korea.

Does Chinese military commentary represent accurate and authoritative views on policy toward North Korea? Are there certain military officials or publications that we should watch closely? Do these commentaries by Chinese military officials actually influence China’s policy toward North Korea?

Researcher Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga sits down with KEI’s Nicholas Hamisevicz to discuss his analysis of these media commentaries.

Please click here to read his recent KEI APS paper on these PLA media appearances and click here to view the July 22, 2015 program.

Geo Tag 1: 
ASIA
Geo Tag 2: 
China
Korea, North
Thematic Category: 
Security