The startling revelations about massive U.S. surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency emerged in early June just as President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping were about to begin their informal summit meeting where cyberespionage was high on the agenda. While the Obama-Xi summit succeeded on several levels, the two leaders made no discernible progress on cyber… Read more »
Topic: North Korea
This week’s summit meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama offers a historic opportunity to improve U.S.-China relations – but only if both sides frankly discuss the critical issues now dividing them and lay the basis for an ongoing process of mutual threat reduction. Fortunately, there is one major area where the two leaders… Read more »
Thanks to sure-footed diplomacy by Secretary of State John Kerry, South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye and Chinese leaders, the outrageous rhetorical threats of nuclear attack by North Korea have receded and, so far, Pyongyang has not carried out the two specific provocations it threatened – test launches of ballistic missiles and a fourth nuclear test…. Read more »
After nearly two months of outrageous North Korean threats and high tension on the Korean peninsula, the United States intends to rely much more heavily on China to achieve core American security goals in Northeast Asia — maintaining stability while containing the threats from Pyongyang. In the face of real uncertainty about North Korea’s intentions… Read more »
China’s decision in late January to back the United States in expanding UN sanctions against North Korea underscores the value of improving U.S.-China relations in President Barack Obama’s second term and opens a new avenue for more effective diplomacy to counter Pyongyang’s weapons programs, following its nuclear test in flagrant violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il gives rise to an urgent security issue in U.S.-China relations. Peace and stability in Northeast Asia now depend in large part on the ability of Washington, Seoul, and Beijing to diplomatically manage this crisis and prevent it from triggering a military conflict on the Korean peninsula.
Sending propaganda balloons into North Korea could trigger a military response. Seoul should support a U.S.-North Korea military-to-military channel to lay the groundwork for a new round of Six Party talks.
North Korea’s recent decision not to retaliate for South Korean military exercises creates a new opening for U.S. diplomacy to obtain a core objective of American policy: ending Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.
Although a solution to the basic political and security issues in Northeast Asia is not likely to be found in the near future, we should be clear about one other thing: U.S. disengagement from talks with North Korea effectively contributes to instability in the region. Strategic patience is no longer viable. Diplomatic initiatives and vision must replace passivity, and soon.
In the U.S. foreign policy community, permanent peace arrangements in Korea are normally considered a means for helping to resolve the nuclear issue with North Korea. Advocates of a peace regime, including myself, have generally embraced the view that if South Korea and North Korea could reach a comprehensive settlement of outstanding security issues, with the assistance and participation of the United States and China, this settlement would effectively resolve the nuclear issue and lead to the creation of a forum for multilateral security cooperation in Northeast Asia.