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Global Insights: Parsing China's North Korea Policy

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009

BEIJING -- One of the issues President Barack Obama will inevitably discuss when he visits China next week is the deadlocked Six-Party Talks seeking to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Perhaps the most important difference between the 1994 Agreed Framework (.pdf), which settled the 1992-94 nuclear crisis, and the current Six-Party Talks is that the People's Republic of China (PRC) has been considerably more involved in supporting the latter process. Chinese policymakers initially promoted the Six-Party Talks primarily as a means of preventing Washington from adopting more coercive measures -- whether severe sanctions or military attacks -- toward the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). Over time, the Chinese government has developed a stake in the talks' successful outcome as well as in maintaining a smooth negotiating process. ...

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