An important contribution to the understanding of the Sino-South Korean relationship and the implications for US policy.
Between Ally and Partner: Korea-China Relations and the United Statesby Jae Ho Chung
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 of China's rise 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/i>… See more details below
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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 of China's rise 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 and experts. Thoroughly investigated and clearly presented, this book answers critical questions concerning what kept China and South Korea talking and how enmity was transformed into a zeal for partnership. The implications of Sino-Korean relations go far beyond the Korean Peninsula. The dilemma that South Korea now faces has crucial ramifications for many countries in Asia, where attempts to counterbalance China have been rare.
Columbia University Press
[An] excellent and pioneering study... [that] will remain a very useful study for a long time.
This book offers a refreshingly original, detached, non-American (South Korean) perspective... [and] should be considered required reading.
Chung writes with directness and clarity, moving smoothly between coverage of S. Korea's bilateral relations with both China and the United States.
An important contribution... well researched and clearly written.
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.
Chung provides a sweeping overview of the past, present, and future of the Sino-Korean relationship.
Samuel S. Kim
Invaluable contribution to our thin understanding of the comprehensive structure of Korea-China relations.
J. J. Suh
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Over the 1990s, a silent revolution occurred in the international politics of northeast Asia as China and the Republic of Korea ended decades of mutual isolation and capitalized on shared interests. In Between Ally and Partner, Jae Ho Chung, South Korea's leading China specialist, explains how and why that revolution occurred and the implications for us all.
Rarely does an international relations book fill as large a gap as does this timely and carefully researched volume. For all interested in how the Cold War ended in this region, Between Ally and Partner is likely to stand the test of time as the single most important contribution to the study of bilateral relations associated with the rise of China with important lessons on what the United States has been doing and can do.
Between Ally and Partner is a penetrating analysis of the important and growing relationship between South Korea and China. It is invaluable in helping to explore the complex dynamics in the region, and will become required reading for both policymakers and academics who care about the future of East Asian relations.
This volume is the definitive study on China's relations with the Korean peninsula since the 1970s. Concentrating in particular on the bourgeoning relationship between the Chinese and South Korean governments, societies, and business communities, Jae Ho Chung fully portrays the parameters of this relationship that has so transformed the dynamics of northeast Asia. The analysis is scholarly and careful, and the author works with multiple sources of data. Chung's study is required reading for all specialists and students of international politics in East Asia.
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