A Political Economy Approach
Edited by Jehoon Park, T. J. Pempel and Heungchong Kim
Chapter 10: Regional Cooperation and the DPRK Nuclear Issue
10. Regional cooperation and the DPRK nuclear issue1 Wu Chunsi INTRODUCTION: NEW GEOPOLITICAL REALITY IN NORTHEAST ASIA Northeast Asia is a region easily to get worldly attention, because it locates in an important place connecting so-called sea powers and land powers and gathers many major powers in the world. With the end of the Cold War, however, Northeast Asia, like other regions in the world, was free from the bipolar confrontations of world politics and showed some new features different with those in the Cold War. First of all, most countries in the region reoriented the priority of their national goals and put economic development as the major task. Secondly, the development of globalization and the problems that occurred with the globalization provide more chances and requirements for the countries to cooperate with each other. Thirdly, major powers in the region have no intention to involve in armed conflicts with each other, although they may still have some disputes on territorial and sovereignty issues. Lastly but not least importantly, non-traditional security threats, such as terrorism, crossborder crimes, climate change and epidemic diseases require the countries to cooperate with each other, for none of those problems can be resolved by any country alone and the danger of these problems is by no means less than the traditional ones. In the background of the new relations among the major powers in Northeast Asia, the nuclear issue of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) becomes a long-lasting test for endurable peace in...
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