Evolving Chinese and Soviet policies toward the Korean Peninsula

by Norman D. Levin

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The paper analyzes the evolving policies of China and the Soviet Union toward the Korean Peninsula and assesses their implications for U.S. policy. The author suggests that, without sacrificing elements of its deterrent posture, the United States should exploit interests it shares with the People's Republic of China to induce changes in North Korea's behavior. In addition, while continuing to probe Soviet intentions, the United States should further solidify its ties with South Korea. A close U.S. relationship with a strong South Korea is critical to lowering tensions on the Korean Peninsula and preventing Communist expansion in Northeast Asia.

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