S-Space Graduate School of International Studies (국제대학원) Dept. of International Studies (국제학과) Theses (Master's Degree_국제학과)
China-ROK Relations in Xi Jinping Administration
시진핑 시기의 한중 관계
- 국제대학원 국제학과(국제지역학전공)
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- 서울대학교 대학원
- 학위논문 (석사)-- 서울대학교 대학원 : 국제대학원 국제학과(국제지역학전공), 2018. 8. 조영남.
- This thesis deals with China-ROK relations in the first term of Xi Jinping administration. It raises three research questions, including “did China-ROK relations at the initial stage of Xi’s administration (2013-2015) break the bridle of ‘hot economy and cold politics’ as Chinese state media commented? ”, “what kind of factors contributed to the downturn of bilateral relations since 2016?”, and “whether there are any Korean policy adjustments in Xi’s era?” For the first question, it argues no significant progress has been made in either military or political arena in spite of more frequent high-level exchanges. For the second question, it maintains that both domestic (the intrinsic nature of conservative governments like Park Geun-hye government) and external factors (US factor and North Korea factor) played a role in the downturn of bilateral relations since mid 2016. For the last question, it asserts that the visible changes in Xi Jinping administration are China’s increasingly hard-line stance toward North Korea nuclear development, and more initiative in improving its economic and cultural ties with the South, while in effect, these changes do not contradict with the guideline of China’s Korea policy, namely to maintain peace and stability, and to enhance its influence in Korean Peninsula. Therefore, the article argues that fundamentally, China’s Korea policy in Xi Jinping administration has not changed, and there are only tactical changes in specific approaches.