Chinese Perspectives on North Korea and Korean Unification
China’s political attitudes toward the Korean peninsula and its role in managing North Korea have been a constant source of intrigue for many Asia watchers in the U.S. Trying to understand Chinese elite sentiments about the Six Party Talks, the security situation on the peninsula and reunification have only increased with Kim Jong-un’s uncertain succession and China’s own leadership transition in 2012. The goal of this paper is to understand the Chinese elite sentiment on the key issues that shape China’s attitude toward North Korea by surveying Chinese scholars on Korean affairs. It is important for us to pay attention to Chinese scholars’ opinion on North Korea because China will play a bigger role in North Korea’s future now with Kim Jong-il’s death.