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Author Beal, Tim

Title Crisis in Korea : America, China and the risk of war / Tim Beal

Publ Info London : Pluto Press, 2011
 RWU Main Library  DS935.7.K6 B43 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript xii, 268 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 234-258) and index
Contents Part I: Korea and the postwar geopolitical transformation. Imperialism, nationalism, the division and reunification of Korea -- Korea and the postcolonial world -- The collapse of the Soviet Union and North Korea's 'arduous march' -- The rise of China and the decline of America -- Obama's strategic paralysis -- Part II: Buildup to crisis : the Cheonan incident and its consequences. The mysterious sinking of the Cheonan, and the official investigation -- From 'smoking gun' to rusty torpedo -- Part III: Collapse and takeover. Scenario building : failed succession and collapse -- The Northern Limit Line : keeping the war alive -- Military exercises : precipitating collapse, preparing for invasion -- The siege : sanctions, their role and effect -- The costs and consequences of invasion -- The China factor : into the abyss?
Note "The South Korean warship Cheonan was sunk in mysterious circumstances on 26 March 2010. The remarkable events that followed are analysed by Tim Beal and woven into a larger study of the increasingly volatile relations between North and South Korea and US concern about the rise of China. South Korea's stance towards the North has hardened significantly since the new conservative government came to power. Beal argues that the South moved quickly to use the sinking of the Cheonan to put international pressure on the North, even before the cause of the sinking had been established. The US followed suit by attempting to pressurise China into condemning North Korea. The media reports at the time presented an open and shut case of unprovoked North Korean aggression, but the evidence points towards the accidental triggering of a South Korean mine as the cause and South Korean fabrication to incriminate the North. With the South bent on forcing the fall of the North's regime with US help and China unlikely to stand idly by, this book offers an essential guide to the key factors behind the crisis and possible solutions."--Publisher's website
LC subject Ch'nanham (Ship)
Korea (North) -- Foreign relations -- Korea (South)
Korea (South) -- Foreign relations -- Korea (North)
United States -- Foreign relations -- China
China -- Foreign relations -- United States
United States -- Foreign relations -- Korea (South)
United States -- Foreign relations -- Korea (North)
Korea (South) -- Foreign relations -- United States
Korea (North) -- Foreign relations -- United States
China -- Foreign relations -- Korea (North)
China -- Foreign relations -- Korea (South)
Korea (South) -- Foreign relations -- China
Korea (North) -- Foreign relations -- China
ISBN 9780745331614
9780745331621 (pbk.)
0745331629 (pbk.)