The study of contemporary China constitutes a fascinating yet challenging area of scholarly inquiry. Recent decades have brought dramatic changes to China's economy, society and governance. Analyzing such changes in the context of multiple disciplinary perspectives offers opportunites as well as challenges for scholars in the field known as contemporary China Studies. The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China is a two-volume exploration of the transformations of contemporary China, firmly grounded in the both disciplinary and China-specific contexts. Drawing on a range of scholarly approaches found in the social sciences and history, an international team of contributors engage with the question of what a rapidly changing China means for the broader field of contemporary China studies, and identify areas of promising future research. Part 1: Context: History, Economy, and the Environment Part 2: Economic Transformations Part 3: Politics and Government Part 4: China on the Global Stage Part 5: China's Foreign Policy Part 6: National and Nested Identities Part 7: Urbanization and Spatial Development Part 8: Poverty and Inequality Part 9: Social Change Part 10: Future Directions for Contemporary China Studies

China's Relations with the Korean Peninsula

China's Relations with the Korean Peninsula

China's Relations with the Korean Peninsula
Carla P. Freeman


This chapter looks across nearly four decades of Chinese and international academic and think tank publications on China's relations with the Korean peninsula to identify patterns, areas of focus, key methodological approaches, and analytical perspectives.1 It shows that scholarship on China's relations with the two Koreas has closely mirrored the vicissitudes of developments on the Korean peninsula and finds that scholars who study the relationship between China and the Korean peninsula have several principal concerns. These include interactions among China and other major powers within the region (particularly the United States); China's attitudes toward North Korea's nuclear program; China's relationship with South Korea and its ...

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