REUTERS/Carlos Barria - The national flags of China (L) and South Korea are seen during the closing ceremony of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, November 27, 2010.

Opinion

China: Perception versus Reality

August 18, 2014, Katharine H.S. Moon

Katharine Moon writes that since the July summit between Presidents Park Geun-hye and Xi Jinping, many South Koreans have wondered how China’s rise will affect its relations with South Korea. The real question is, however, whether China has the economic capability and political coherence to translate its large land mass and population into prolonged military power and global leadership.

  • Opinion | Wall Street Journal

    August 17, 2014, Richard C. Bush III

  • In the News

    The main difference [in the Arlington National Cemetery-Yasukuni Shrine comparison] is that Japan [was] subject to an international judicial process to hold it to account for what its military and government did during the war years. That process is what makes Class A war criminals such a point of contention. Confederate soldiers rose in rebellion against their own government and any crimes they may have been responsible for were against fellow Americans, not against foreigners. 

    August 15, 2014, Richard C. Bush III, Kyodo News
  • Interview | Yonhap News Agency

    July 14, 2014, Katharine H.S. Moon

  • Opinion | The Washington Post

    July 25, 2014, Roberta Cohen

  • Interview | Radio Television Hong Kong

    China Shifts from North to South Korea

    July 24, 2014, Jonathan D. Pollack

  • In the News

    Staying quiet [about a movie that mocks Kim Jong Un] would be an act of cowardice and defeat – that ‘violating’ the sacredness of the Kim family and the leadership of the North Korean people is OK. That is not an option for [the Kim regime].

    July 23, 2014, Katharine H.S. Moon, Voice of America
  • In the News

    [Kim Jong Un] is so tightly guarded. But the more practical concern is the debasement of Kim's standing and legitimacy. His youth, lack of experience, lack of secure contacts and friendships with foreign leaders put him in a precarious position. He has to earn the respect and trust of the older military and Korean Worker’s Party leaders.

    July 23, 2014, Katharine H.S. Moon, Voice of America
  • In the News

    The Chinese have let anti-Kim and anti-North Korea expressions run free in China's cyberworld and to a lesser degree in print news. North Korea has recently lambasted China publicly, partly for the unofficial oil embargo and partly for dissing it by cozying it up with South Korean president Park Geun-hye. There's mutual distrust and frustration, if not hostility, between China and North Korea.

    July 23, 2014, Katharine H.S. Moon, Voice of America
  • In the News

    Kim Jong Il got plenty of buffoonery thrown at him – the hair, the shoes, the movies, the women, the weight. But he was the immediate heir to the 'Great Leader,' and he had decades to build up experience and political support. Kim [Jong Un] shows no sense of humor, no ease.

    July 23, 2014, Katharine H.S. Moon, Voice of America

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