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North Korea in China’s Foreign Policy Strategy


Matt Chitwood explores China’s balancing of commitment to peaceful development and its role as a responsible international power vis-à-vis its foreign policy toward its ally, North Korea. He provides analysis of the historical basis of China-DPRK relationship, significant changes in China’s policy on North Korea over the course of that relationship, and projections for China’s policy moving forward.

Matthew Chitwood is a second-year M.A. student at SAIS, concentrating in China Studies and International Economics. Prior to SAIS, Matthew lived in China and Taiwan for almost five years, creating a teach abroad program, working for a Spanish trade company, and interning with several microfinance organizations. After SAIS, he plans to develop international education programs in East Asia and Latin America. As an undergraduate student at Northwest Nazarene University, he majored in International Business and studied abroad in both Spain and Central America. He also earned a certificate in Chinese and American Studies from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in 2010.