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South Korea and China: A Strategic Partnership in the Making

GCSP Policy Paper 2014/4

Release Date:

July 2014

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Key Points
  • President Xi Jinping’s July 2014 visit to Seoul indicates that the strategic partnership between China and the Republic of Korea is moving forward against a backdrop of growing power competition and instability in the region.
  • Both Seoul and Beijing have strong interest in close cooperation:
    • Beijing wants to prevent a full-fledged trilateral alliance between the US, Japan and South Korea aimed at containing China’s rising power
    • Seoul needs Chinese support in its efforts to reach out to Pyongyang and work towards future reunification