Between Ally and Partner: Korea-China Relations and the United States [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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 partnership.

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Editorial Reviews

The China Journal - Heike Hermanns

An important contribution to the understanding of the Sino-South Korean relationship and the implications for US policy.

China Quarterly - Chae-Jin Lee

[An] excellent and pioneering study... [that] will remain a very useful study for a long time.

Pacific Affairs - Samuel S. Kim

This book offers a refreshingly original, detached, non-American (South Korean) perspective... [and] should be considered required reading.

The International History Review - James Matray

Chung writes with directness and clarity, moving smoothly between coverage of S. Korea's bilateral relations with both China and the United States.

China Information - Qiang Zhai

An important contribution... well researched and clearly written.

Journal of Asian Studies - J.J. Suh
Chung provides a sweeping overview of the past, present, and future of the Sino-Korean relationship.
Korean Studies - Adam Cathcart

Imposing clarity upon the cluttered chessboard of contemporary North-east Asian geopolitics is a daunting proposition, but one at which Jae Ho Chung effortlessly succeeds in his book, Between Ally and Partner.

Journal of Asian Studies - J. J. Suh

Chung provides a sweeping overview of the past, present, and future of the Sino-Korean relationship.

The China Journal
An important contribution to the understanding of the Sino-South Korean relationship and the implications for US policy.

— Heike Hermanns

China Quarterly
[An] excellent and pioneering study... [that] will remain a very useful study for a long time.

— Chae-Jin Lee

Pacific Affairs
This book offers a refreshingly original, detached, non-American (South Korean) perspective... [and] should be considered required reading.

— Samuel S. Kim

The International History Review
Chung writes with directness and clarity, moving smoothly between coverage of S. Korea's bilateral relations with both China and the United States.

— James Matray

China Information
An important contribution... well researched and clearly written.

— Qiang Zhai

China Review International

Invaluable contribution to our thin understanding of the comprehensive structure of Korea-China relations.

Journal of Asian Studies
Chung provides a sweeping overview of the past, present, and future of the Sino-Korean relationship.

— J. J. Suh

Korean Studies
Imposing clarity upon the cluttered chessboard of contemporary North-east Asian geopolitics is a daunting proposition, but one at which Jae Ho Chung effortlessly succeeds in his book, Between Ally and Partner.

— Adam Cathcart

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231511186
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/22/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 200
  • File size: 819 KB

Meet the Author

Jae Ho Chung is professor of international relations and director of the Institute for China Studies at Seoul National University. He is the author or editor of ten books, including Central Control and Local Discretion in China, Provincial Strategies of Economic Reform in Post-Mao China, and Charting China's Future.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables ix

Preface xi

1 The Rise of Korea-China Relations and the United States 1

The "Rise" of China and Its Impact on Neighbors 2

From Confrontation to Cooperation: The Case of South Korea-China Relations 4

The Evolution of Sino-South Korean Cooperation: A Literature Review 6

The Focus of the Book 8

The Structure of the Volume 10

2 A Sketch of Sino-Korean Relations 12

A "Special" Relationship in Geopolitical Time 13

South Korea and China: A Contemporary Puzzle 16

3 Perspectives on the Origins of the South Korea-China Rapprochement 19

Strategic Accommodation by Minimizing Systemic Constraints 20

Envisioning an Interdependent Trading State 21

Reform and Opening: Linking the Changes from Within 23

4 South Korea-China Relations Before 1988 29

Sino-South Korean Relations Before 1979 29

The Initiation Phase, 1979-1983 32

The Expansion Phase, 1984-1987 34

Patterns of Sino-South Korean Trade, 1979-1987 35

South Korea's Investment in China, 1984-1987 39

The Political Limits of Sino-South Korean Relations 41

5 The Political Economy of Rapprochement, 1988-1992 43

The Takeoff Phase, 1988-1990 43

The Normalization Phase, 1991-1992 45

Sino-South Korean Trade, 1988-1992 47

South Korean Investment in China, 1988-1992 49

The Infrastructure of South Korea-China Bilateralism 51

The External Constraints on Sino-South Korean Bilateralism 53

6 The Politics of Normalization: Actors, Processes, and Issues 56

Top Leaders and Informal Channels 56

Factors of Bureaucratic Politics 62

Operation East Sea: Facts and Lessons 69

7 Beyond Normalization: South Korea and China in the Post-Cold War Era 75

Post-Cold WarNortheast Asia in Flux 75

Postnormalization Sino-South Korean Relations: Compatibility, Competition, and Cooperation 78

Beyond Economics: Strategic Compatibility? 84

The South Korean Variable: Divided Allegiance? 90

8 The Rise of China and the U.S.-South Korean Alliance Under Strain 92

China's Rise Over South Korea 93

South Korea's Views of China and the United States 96

Perceptual Ambivalence Toward China 100

The U.S.-South Korea Alliance Under Strain: Room for Wedging? 102

9 Between Dragon and Eagle: Korea at the Crossroads 108

The Future of China: Beyond Simple Dichotomy 109

The Menu of Choices and Rational Constraints 112

Parameters of South Korea's Choice: Where the United States and China Converge 116

Walking the Tightrope: The Choice of Not Making Choices 119

Notes 123

Index 181

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