A Strategic and Emotional Partner: China and Its Food Aid to North Korea in the Twenty-First Century

Part of the International Relations and Comparisons in Northeast Asia book series (IRCNA)


In China and North Korea, natural disasters have long been popularly understood to portend dynastic transitions and, more recently, regime changes. Even today, environmental catastrophes can raise doubts as to the stability of each nation’s political order. Like ruling authorities of other states, both the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Korean Workers Party (KWP) attempt to enhance their legitimacy during emergencies through a variety of different mechanisms. However, unlike the CCP, the KWP has harnessed the potential of disasters as vehicles for international communication, capitalizing on these events’ ability to momentarily remove the barriers that isolate it from the West.


Korean Peninsula Chinese Communist Party Socialist Country Food Export World Food Programme 
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