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This paper examines the nature of China’s economic relationship with the two Koreas, discussing the motivations behind China’s policy changes in the 1990s and assessing recent trends in trade, investment and economic cooperation. The prospects of the Tumen river development programme, which brings together all three countries in a multilateral cooperative venture, will also be analysed. The paper ends with some assessments of the future course of China’s relations with the two Koreas, especially with the uncertain internal situation in the North making the prospect of reunification loom larger.


CAPS Working Paper Series No.52 (8/97)

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Bridges, B. (1997). Old ally versus new friend : China's economic relations with the two Koreas (CAPS Working Paper Series No.52). Retrieved from Lingnan University website: