The North Korea Issue and Its Impact on Sino-US Relations in the Xi-Trump Era

Dr. Gregory J. Moore
23 January 2018

The differences between Beijing and Washington on North Korea are not hard to miss, but neither are the similarities in their concerns and interests. Both China and the United States agree that the North Korean regime cannot be trusted with nuclear weapons. It is time for them to put aside their fears and their differences and work together on this most intractable problem in international affairs. Having said that, the US cannot expect China alone to resolve the North Korean nuclear impasse. While North Korea has always been a difficult negotiation party and much of the blame for the decades of problems falls on them, in our present era most likely it is only the US that has the tools to address the problems presented by North Korea.

About the Speaker: Dr. Gregory J. Moore is Head of the School of International Studies at the University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in international relations. His research interests include international relations (IR), IR theory (constructivism in particular), international security, Chinese foreign policy, US foreign policy, Sino-American Relations, East Asian IR/security, foreign policy analysis, and the North Korean nuclear issue. His articles have appeared in journals such as International Studies Review, Asian Security, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Asian Perspective, the Journal of Contemporary China and the Journal of Chinese Political Science. Dr. Moore is currently working on a book on Sino-American relations, and has completed an edited volume titled, North Korean Nuclear Operationality: Regional Security and Non-Proliferation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), and a book on the international relations thought of Reinhold Niebuhr (under review). He is a member of the (U.S.) National Committee on United States-China Relations and a Senior Fellow at the University of Nottingham’s China Policy Institute.