Discussion: China’s trade embargo on DPRK

China’s unprecedented embargo on the DPRK sets harsher restrictions on trade. The sanctions are meant to show that China will not tolerate nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, as well as being a decisive response to the West’s criticisms that China has not taken enough steps to ensure regional peace. What will the sanctions entail, and how likely are they to successfully curb the DPRK’s nuclear ambitions? As China is the DPRK’s major trade partner, how might the embargo affect both the DPRK and China itself? And considering that the DPRK’s actions are driven by fear of the US and South Korea, how should their military cooperation be interpreted? What might be some reasonable incentives the US can offer in order to entice the DPRK back into negotiations? Join us for an in-depth chat with Mr. Yang Xiyu, senior fellow at the China Institute of International Studies, and Mr. Jim Walsh, director of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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