China's Rise and the Two Koreas

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With China now South Korea's number one trading partner and destination for foreign investment and tourism, what are the implications for politics and security in East Asia?

Scott Snyder explores the transformation of the Sino–South Korean relationship since the early 1990s. Snyder considers the strategic significance of recent developments in China's relationship with both North and South Korea and also assesses the likely consequences of those developments for U.S. and Japanese influence in the region. His meticulous study lends important context to critical debates regarding China's foreign policy, Northeast Asian security, and international relations more broadly.

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A solid, comprehensive, and engaging—if not provocative—analysis of Sino-Korean peninsula relations since the 1992 Sino-South Korea diplomatic normalization.

Inwook Kim, Journal of East Asian Studies

A thoroughly relevant book to anyone interested in the interplay of economics and politics in contemporary Northeast Asia.

Daniel C. Kane, Korean Studies

A very thorough and insightful book on the intersection of politics, economics, and security in Northeast Asia . . . [Snyder] weaves a powerful narrative.

Joseph A.B. Winder, Asian-Pacific Economic Literature

Excellent. . . . An important contribution to the contemporary security debate in East Asia.

Thomas Cieslik, Journal of Chinese Political Science

This book is quite simply the best assessment of the changing contemporary relationship between China and the two Koreas. . . . A work of deep analytic insight and detailed empirical observations.

David C. Kang, Perspectives on Politics

An intensely insightful expert account of the basic questions that China's economic ascension raises for the balance of power on the Korean peninsula and in northeast Asia. . . . Well written and jargon free. Highly recommended.

Choice

Well researched, well argued, and extremely comprehensive. . . .There is nothing else like it available in English.

Greg Moore, Eckerd College

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