Catherine Jones and Sarah Teitt (eds.), China-North Korea Relations Between Development and Security (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020).

Summary

This book develops a new approach to exploring China’s relations with North Korea that utilises the concept of developmental peace. Bringing together various strands of Chinese thinking on the mutually reinforcing relationship between economic development, state stability, and international peace and security, the book provides novel insights into Chinese prescriptions for tackling North Korea’s interrelated military and human security challenges.

Contributors demonstrate how the lens of developmental peace helps to explain the rationale behind, as well as contradictions and challenges in, China’s relations with North Korea on a range of issues such as denuclearisation, water and energy security, human rights, and economic development. Featuring top scholars from China and South Korea, as well as primary evidence from China, North and South Korea, the book greatly improves the understanding of the current perspectives in each state, and the impact they have on this vital security relationship.

Asian studies – and in particular Chinese studies – scholars will appreciate the in-depth analysis of China’s approach to relations with North Korea, as well as the first-hand evidence used. The analysis of the difficulties in China providing a singular approach to its relations will be useful to policy-makers and scholars looking into the complexities of foreign policy.

About the Editors
Catherine Jones is a lecturer  in the School of International Relations at St Andrews in September 2018. Previously she was a research fellow in the department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick from 2012-2018. Previously, she was awarded her PhD by Reading University where she was funded by the Leverhulme Trust’s major research project on the Liberal Way of War. Catherine Jones’s research interests focus on the engagement of East Asian states within global institutions, with a particular interest in exploring the extent and limits of their normative power.

Sarah Teitt is the Deputy Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect in the School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland. The Asia Pacific Centre for R2P is a joint initiative of the University of Queensland and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to deepen knowledge and advance policy on R2P and mass atrocities prevention in the Asia Pacific region. Sarah leads the Centre’s research and engagement in Northeast Asia, as well as its Gender and Atrocities Prevention program. Her research focuses on China’s R2P policy and diplomacy, and on the prevention of widespread and systematic sexual and gender based violence in Southeast Asia.