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China's Economic Engagement in North Korea


Part of the Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies book series (PSAPS)

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About this book


This book addresses growing tensions in Northeast Asia, notably between North Korea and China. Focusing on China’s economic participation in North Korea’s minerals and fishery industries, the author explores the role of China’s sub-state and non-state actors in implementing China’s foreign economic policy towards North Korea. The book discusses these actors’ impact on the regional order in Northeast Asia, particularly in the Korean Peninsula. The project also provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of China’s cultural and economic activities in North Korea as implemented by both the historically traditional actors in Jilin and Liaoning provinces in Northeast China, and new actors from coastal areas (Shandong and Zhejiang provinces) and inland provinces (Chongqing and Henan) to Zhejiang province. It argues that in the era of economic decentralisation, Chinese sub-state and non-state actors can independently deal with most of their economic affairs without the need for permission from the central government in Beijing. A key read for scholars and students interested in Asian history, politics and economics, and specifically the East Asian situation, this text offers an in-depth analysis of recent activity concerning the Sino-DPRK economic relationship.


China and North Korea Economy History of China’s Foreign Economic Policy towards North Korea China’s Cultural and Economic Activities in North Korea Sino-DPRK Economic Relationship Decentralisation and China's Links with North Korea

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Ningbo University of Finance and EconomicsNingboChina

About the authors

Bo Gao is Lecturer at the College of Marxism, Ningbo University of Finance and Economics, China, having gained his PhD at the University of Nottingham Ningbo. His research interests include regional affairs of Northeast Asia especially Korea Peninsular, China's foreign policy and its non-traditional security problems.

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