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China’s Top Legislator to Meet South Korea Leaders for Talks
September 16, 2022

China’s Top Legislator to Meet South Korea Leaders for Talks

By Hyung-jin Kim
Li, chairman of the standing committee of China's National People's Congress, heads a 66-member Chinese delegation to South Korea that includes three Cabinet-level officials. 

Don’t Mistake South Korea’s Yoon Suk-yeol for a China Hawk
August 27, 2022

Don’t Mistake South Korea’s Yoon Suk-yeol for a China Hawk

By Joel Atkinson
On 3 big issues – THAAD missile defense, Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan and South Korea, and the Chip 4 semiconductor initiative – Yoon has been careful not to anger Beijing.
Is South Korea’s President Yoon Really ‘Tough on China’?
August 17, 2022

Is South Korea’s President Yoon Really ‘Tough on China’?

By Jae Chang
Despite President Yoon Suk-yeol’s campaign promises, his actions show that South Korea’s foreign policy still operates within Chinese constraints.

China, South Korea Foreign Ministers Pledge Deepened Cooperation
July 08, 2022

China, South Korea Foreign Ministers Pledge Deepened Cooperation

By Shannon Tiezzi
Despite campaign-trail promises to get tough on China, the Yoon administration in practice has been more cautious in its dealings with Beijing.

For South Korea’s New President, Challenges Mount at Home and Abroad
May 25, 2022

For South Korea’s New President, Challenges Mount at Home and Abroad

By Michael Mitsanas
North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs. The China challenge. Social divisions at home. Just two weeks into office, Yoon Suk-yeol has a full plate.

Wary of Policy Shift, China Reaches out to South Korea’s New President
May 10, 2022

Wary of Policy Shift, China Reaches out to South Korea’s New President

By Shannon Tiezzi
Beijing is showing its sunny side, in hopes of convincing Yoon Suk-yeol that cooperation is a better choice than the hard line he embraced on the campaign trail.

‘Empathy Diplomacy’: A New Key to Unlocking East Asia’s Geopolitical Quagmire?
April 27, 2022

‘Empathy Diplomacy’: A New Key to Unlocking East Asia’s Geopolitical Quagmire?

By Jin Kai
The long-term solution to tensions in East Asia is for the neighboring countries to start taking each other’s security concerns more seriously.
With Yoon’s Election, It’s Time for China to Rethink Its Korea Policy
March 14, 2022

With Yoon’s Election, It’s Time for China to Rethink Its Korea Policy

By Brian Wong and Wang Yingliang
The victory of the more hawkish, China-skeptical candidate means China must rethink its approach to the Korean Peninsula.

How China-US Competition Factors Into Moon’s Final Inter-Korea Push
October 29, 2021

How China-US Competition Factors Into Moon’s Final Inter-Korea Push

By Sukjoon Yoon
Major interconnected shifts are underway on the Korean Peninsula, from a looming end-of-war declaration to South Korea’s involvement in the U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy.

China’s Foreign Minister Holds Talks in South Korea
September 15, 2021

China’s Foreign Minister Holds Talks in South Korea

By Shannon Tiezzi
Seoul wants to secure Beijing's cooperation on North Korea, but Wang Yi's top priority is ensuring South Korea does not join the U.S. coalition against China.

The Quest for Strategic Balance and South Korea’s Indo-Pacific Conundrum
August 13, 2021

The Quest for Strategic Balance and South Korea’s Indo-Pacific Conundrum

By Wongi Choe
Seoul is walking a fine line, carefully calibrating its cooperation with U.S. initiatives in the Indo-Pacific.
What the Next South Korean President Can Learn From Moon’s Diplomatic Challenge
July 07, 2021

What the Next South Korean President Can Learn From Moon’s Diplomatic Challenge

By Jong Eun Lee
Every president will face the exact same difficulty: To advance North Korea policy, Seoul needs to have all the main players on its side.

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