The East-West Center Research Program will present a discussion of Chinese policy toward the two Koreas by Professor Quansheng Zhao of American University on Thursday,
November 12, 2015, at 12:00 noon in Burns Hall 3012.
Zhao, who is currently a POSCO visiting fellow at the East-West Center, will discuss three approaches that can be identified in Beijing’s view toward conflict in the Korean peninsula:
- A history-embedded approach: Chinese foreign policy has traditionally been influenced by historical legacies, not only over the past couple of centuries, but also in the more recent experience in the Cold War.
- A national-interest driven approach: China has gradually shifted to emphasize economic modernization since Deng Xiaoping’s open and reform policy. Foreign policy priority has shifted to national interests instead of ideology.
- A co-management approach: Entering the twenty-first century, China’s foreign policy has to correspond with its increasing status in global politics. The U.S. factor has become even more prominent in China’s strategic calculation toward the Korean peninsula. This requires Beijing to adopt a co-management policy with Washington, as well as other regional players. The Six Party Talks in the recent decade has presented a vivid example of co-management, where both Beijing and Washington exercise leadership roles ensuring the stability of the Korea peninsula.
The presentation will also offer the author’s assessment of Beijing’s Korea policy, with records of both successes and failures, and its future directions.
Quansheng Zhao is professor of international relations and chair of the Asian Studies Program Research Council at American University in Washington, D.C. A specialist in international relations and comparative politics focusing on East Asia, Zhao is the author of Interpreting Chinese Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press) and Japanese Policymaking (Oxford University Press/Praeger). His most recent edited books are: Managing the China Challenge: Perspectives from the Globe (2009) and Japanese Foreign Policy and Sino-Japanese Relations (2015). From 1993 to 2009, he was a research associate at the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research of Harvard University, and from 1999 to 2008, he was division director of comparative and regional studies at American University. Zhao received his B.A. from Peking University and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.