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The Korea Now Podcast

Jun 4, 2019

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Lee Seong-hyon. They speak about the history of China’s relationship with the Korean peninsula, how the America-China regional rivalry and trade war is affecting the denuclearisation process, how China sees its current interests affected by the denuclearisation talks, the challenges presented to China’s status and regional control by the recent summit diplomacy, what the regular Xi-Kim summits have been about, how much influence China really has over North Korea, the way China sees the possible signing of an end of war declaration, the place for South Korea in all of this, and importantly how Lee Seong-hyon sees this playing out over the coming months and years.

Lee Seong-hyon is the director of the Centre for Chinese Studies at the Sejong Institute in Seoul, and the Former director of the Department of Unification Studies at Sejong. He is a graduate from Grinnell College, Harvard University, and Tsinghua University, and was previously the Pantech Fellow at Stanford University, and is currently also a Senior (non-resident) Fellow at the Centre for Korean Peninsula Studies at Peking University. Links to the regularly published works of Seong-hyon can be found at: and

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