China 's Rise Is The Policy Position Beijing Essay

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Chung (2012) declares how South Koreans’ perceive China’s rise is the policy position Beijing takes on North Korea. Chung supports his claim, noting Seoul’s disappointment in Beijing’s policy stance over North Korean aggression in 2010, which raises new security concerns over Seoul’s growing trade imbalance with China (Chung, 2012, 220). Chung reminds readers of how China used its economic leverage over “Japan’s heavy dependence on China-produced rare earth elements in the row over the Senkaku/Diaoyutai Islands in 2010” (Chung 2012, 221). The failure of Bejing to denounce a North Korean lethal shelling of Yeonpyeong, and sinking of a South Korean ship, both in 2010, calls into question how much “a fair and honest broker” China might be in reunification negotiations (Chung 2012, 224). Chung concludes that 2010 marks a downward turn in Sino-South Korean relations. Bejing’s behavior over North Korean aggression brings to light Seoul’s economic dependence on, at “21 percent in 2010,” China, and as a new security threat to South Korea (Chung 2012, 220-233). Oh (2012) acknowledges the growing regional trade integration, and claims East Asia rivals that of Europe and North America regarding both integration and proportion of global economic trade. Oh, remarks that the region lacks comparable institutions, however, which contributes to “incompatible” groupings that “compete for primacy” (Oh 2012, 106). Just because East Asia experiences economic integration, argues Oh, does
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