Between Giants: South Korea and the US-China Rivalry (The Atlantic)


South Korea, an American ally and a Chinese economic partner, is “trying to hedge between two great powers as they compete for influence,” writes Jennifer Lind, an assistant professor of government, in this Atlantic opinion piece.

An expert in international relations, Lind details South Korea’s ambiguous relationship with the United States and China. “As long as this ambiguity continues—or as long as Washington tolerates its ally’s coziness with Beijing—South Korea’s strategic position will likely push it strongly toward hedging. As such, Seoul will resist policies, like the agreement with Japan, that appear to situate it clearly on the side of one great power or another.”

Read the full story, published 7/19/12 in The Atlantic.

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