North Korea's Leadership Transition: The China ConnectionVIEW EVENT DETAILS
8:45-9:45 am: Discussion
Dr. John Park, Director, Korea Working Group, US Institute of Peace
North Korea is engaged in an accelerated leadership transition from Kim Jong-il to Kim Jong-un, the youngest of his three sons. Kim Jong-il made two trips last year to China to secure Beijing's cooperation with the transition process and the autumn Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) conference was aimed at facilitating this leadership succession process. Aligned with the WPK'largely through joint economic development projects'the Communist Party of China (CPC) has become a steady supporter, as Beijing further implements its policy toward North Korea at a time of heightened tensions.
Dr. John Park of the US Institute of Peace will examine Beijing's approach, the implications of deepening CPC-WPK ties for the succession process, and its relevancy for the United States and South Korea.
Organized in partnership with The Korea Society
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