By U. Fano
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High-level visits have taken place, for example the trip of Chairman Kim Jong-il to Beijing just prior to the June 2000 summit, giving a clear indication of the importance that Pyongyang now attaches to its relations with Beijing. Yet elements of delicacy continue to exist. The revised security agreement no longer guarantees PRC military support in the event of a conflict, and while Chinese authorities applaud the recent economic changes undertaken by the North they continue to have doubts about the viability of the current system and claim to have limited knowledge of the inner workings of the DPRK government.
One was maximum isolation. Not without reason was Korea known at times as the hermit kingdom. Yet that option is totally unrealistic today, as the plight of the DPRK makes clear. A second option was to seek to cultivate balanced and good relations with all of Korea’s neighbors, thereby attempting to provide maximum reasons for those states to preserve the status quo, and accept a limited involvement in Korean affairs. This option was frequently tried but often ended in failure, with one power acquiring – or seeking to acquire – dominance, regarding such a policy as in its national interest.
At a time when official multilateral organizations are useful and important, but insufficient as peace-making and peace-keeping bodies, the United States seeks to create coalitions based upon states having a common interest in a given issue or problem. These coalitions are not always composed of the same nations, nor are they of the same size; some are triangular, some quadrilateral, some larger. Further, they range from the formal, operating through existing multilateral organizations, to the informal, operating independently.
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