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Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies 2013

18 Publications

China and Russia

When in November 2012 the CCP unveiled its new Political Standing Committee, with Xi Jinping at its head, Russian Prime Minister and the Chairman of the United Russia Party Dmitrii Medvedev sent Xi a congratulatory message, which was strangely reminiscent of similar messages that were regularly exchanged between Moscow and…

South Korea and Japan

The relationship between South Korea and Japan resembles a seesaw or a pendulum. Ups and downs are normal. The Lee Myong-bak administration is no exception, although many expected a different path from the previous administration. Lee showed an extraordinary degree of restraint in Japan-related issues until the summer of 2012.…

South Korea and the U.S.

The U.S.-South Korea alliance has flourished under Presidents Obama and Lee Myungbak. It is difficult to find words of criticism for the alliance in either Washington or Seoul as Obama starts his second term and Park Geun-hye begins her administration. Both presidents reaffirmed their respective commitments to policy coordination toward…

The Debate Inside China

In his recent work Gilbert Rozman explains the growing tensions between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and United States in terms of the symbolic politics of a widening “identity gap.” This identity gap is important, he argues, because it pushes both countries towards more fundamentalist views of themselves and…

The View from Japan

How do the Japanese view the Sino-U.S. national identity gap? Their views are naturally informed by their own national identities and their national identity gaps with China and the United States, while also viewing the Sino-U.S. relationship through the lens of Japan’s perceived national interests. They long regarded Japan as…

The Chinese Perspective

Despite turbulence in its bilateral relations with Japan and South Korea over the past several years, China has expressed a continuing and growing interest in establishing a trilateral China-Japan-Korea free trade agreement with its Northeast Asian neighbors, commonly referred to as the CJK FTA. What initially motivated China’s leaders in…