Recent Economic and Security Factors

  • Senan Fox


The interrelationship between the Socotra Rock issue and security, domestic political, and economic factors is under scrutiny in this chapter, including how they have tested and continue to test bilateral ties today and in recent years. Since normalization, Sino-South Korean economic ties have witnessed immense growth, from US $6.4 billion in 1992 to a staggering US $220.6 billion in 2011. China’s economic footprint in the ROK has alarmed many South Koreans, who fear that their neighbor has a ‘superpower mentality’ toward the Korean Peninsula. China’s economic and political influence upon North Korea in particular has raised serious questions. This sentiment is reflected with regards to Socotra Rock by leading Korean activists. The chapter discusses how such issues are intertwined with ‘Ieodo’ in South Korean popular and elite perceptions of a growing threat.


China’s economic and political influence ‘Ieodo’ Sino-South Korean economic ties 


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  • Senan Fox
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  1. 1.Kanazawa UniversityKanazawaJapan

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