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China and Northeast Asia’s Regional Security Architecture: The Six-Party Talks as a Case of Chinese Regime-building?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-354
Number of pages18
JournalEast Asia
Issue number4
Early online date24 Aug 2012
E-pub ahead of print24 Aug 2012
PublishedDec 2012


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China, as host of the six-party talks first convened in August 2003, has been one of the major players in dealing with the North Korean nuclear crisis that began in October 2002. China’s role in the talks has helped to start shaping a stable regional security architecture in Northeast Asia. Beijing’s leadership in building a new security regime in the region suggests a change on Chinese perspectives regarding its role within the broader East Asia’s regional security architecture. After years of passiveness with regards to involvement in security regime building in the region, China has evolved into an active leader seeking to shape a more institutionalized security. Despite the obstacles to building a functioning regime in Northeast Asia, China seems poised to continue working towards creation of a more stable and institutionalized security architecture.

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