Date of Award

Summer 8-1995

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science & Geography


Graduate Program in International studies

Committee Director

Philip S. Gillette

Committee Member

Craig M. Cameron

Committee Member

Weixing Chen

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.I45 L56


This thesis studies current developments in Russia's China policy and their effect on the Korean Peninsula. This thesis asks these questions: how has the Russia's China policy changed since Gorbachev era, what are the determinants of Russia's current China policy, what is the effect of this policy on the Korean Peninsula, and what is the prospect for Russo-Chinese relations? Russia's China policy has been profoundly influenced by a series of domestic Russian institutional changes. Russia may be developing a political-economic system more consistent with "Eastern" notions of democracy and capitalism than those of the West. The result has been a policy of rapprochement. Russo-Chinese rapprochement seriously worsens the position of the North Korean regime. Deprived of their previous aid and assistance from the Communist world, the North Korean regime has experienced economic difficulties and diplomatic isolation. The change of international relations in East Asia implies that North Korea may need to make substantial political concessions to the West and South Korea. Materials used in this study are in English or English translation.


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