U.S.-China Dialogue on Internal Developments in North Korea

The United States and China share an interest in a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.  To that end, they continue to cooperate closely; the Korean nuclear issue is a central focus of Washington’s diplomatic agenda with Beijing.  Understanding China’s policy toward North Korea and the complexities of the Sino-DPRK relationship are essential to making progress.  Since 2005, CSIS has sought to facilitate dialogue between American and Chinese experts about developments on the Korean Peninsula.

In July 2005 and December 2006, with the support of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), CSIS hosted a delegation of Chinese experts on Northeast Asia and convened a day-long conference to discuss North Korea's domestic economic and political situation and external policies. A summary of the 2005 conference was published as a USIP Briefing in late 2005. A summary of the 2006 conference was published as a USIP Briefing in January 2007. It is available here.

In June 2006 and the spring of 2007, CSIS led delegations to Beijing and Jilin province in China’s northeast region bordering North Korea where they conducted interviews with Chinese experts on North Korea. A report on the findings of those visits was published in December 2007 and is available here.  In mid-2008, CSIS led a third delegation to investigate further Chinese assessments of developments on the Korean Peninsula.  In addition to interviews with scholars and officials in Beijing, the delegation traveled to Qingdao to learn more about evolving business relationships between China and North Korea.

In October 2009, CSIS led a delegation to meet with scholars from the Chinese Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) in Beijing to discuss possible sources of instability on the Korean Peninsula and potential responses. The discussion focused on potential ways that the United States, China, South Korea and other countries could cooperate to minimize the negative consequences of instability in North Korea. Respective visions for a new end state on the Peninsula were raised and ways to alleviate suspicions about each other's intentions were also discussed. 

Preparation for Instability in North Korea: a Korean Peninsula Crisis Simulation

In November 2012, CSIS held a two-day crisis simulation exercise in collaboration with the International Communications and Negotiation Simulation (ICONS) Project of the University of Maryland.  More details can be found about this project here.

This project is led by Bonnie Glaser.