China–North Korea Relations
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China–North Korea Relations

Between Development and Security

Edited by Catherine Jones and Sarah Teitt

Developing a new approach to exploring security relations between China and North Korea, this timely book examines China’s contradictory statements and actions through the lens of developmental peace. It highlights the differences between their close relationship on the one hand, and China’s votes in favour of sanctions against North Korea on the other, examining the background to this and its importance.
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Chapter 2: China’s developmental peace and North Korea’s security challenges

Sarah Teitt

Abstract

This chapter explores China’s ‘developmental approach’ to peace and security in the context of the country’s responses to North Korea’s range of military and human security challenges. The chapter begins with an overview of China’s distinct understanding of the ‘security–development nexus’, which views state-directed economic development with minimal external political interference and strong state control over society as the path to long-term state and regional stability and human security. The chapter then analyses how Chinese perspectives on development and security guide the country’s approach towards international peacebuilding, humanitarian response and human rights protection. The chapter concludes by demonstrating how developmental peace helps us to understand the guiding logic behind – and contradictions in – China’s ‘trade and aid’ approach to reducing the North Korean military threat and enhancing the well-being of the North Korean people.

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