Skip to main content

Xi’s Visit Brings No Breakthrough in China-South Korea Ties

Richard Weitz

Last week’s China-South Korea summit confirmed the good relations between Beijing and Seoul under Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Park Geun-hye. When they met in Seoul on July 3 for their fifth personal meeting since Park assumed office in March 2013, the two leaders announced ambitious economic goals and reconfirmed their opposition to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

Nonetheless, despite Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang’s pre-summit forecast that Xi’s trip would “take the strategic cooperative partnership between China and South Korea to a new level,” no breakthrough occurred, and their bilateral relationship remains essentially the same. Until Beijing distances itself from Pyongyang, it cannot fundamentally elevate its relations with Seoul. …

Click here to read the full article.

Related Articles

China Tries to Blame US for Hong Kong Protests

Michael Pillsbury

A Chinese state-run newspaper’s claim that the United States is helping pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong is only partially inaccurate, a top fo...

Watch Now

News Highlights (October 4-10)

Financial Corruption & Autocracy Initiative

News highlights and links on the topic of financial corruption and autocracy....

Continue Reading

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO): Rebirth and Regeneration?

Richard Weitz

Members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) like to boast that their organization is special. The Chinese, for example, refer to the SCO’...

Continue Reading