Convincing China to Coerce North Korea

Policy Forum
December 8, 2016
12:00PM to 1:30PM
Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute
Featuring Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Bonnie Glaser, Senior Adviser for Asia and Director, China Power Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Scott A. Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea, Policy, Council on Foreign Relations; moderated by Christopher A. Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy, Cato Institute.

North Korea’s nuclear ambitions have persisted through the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations. Indeed, the North is expected to possess as many as 100 nuclear warheads by 2020. Pyongyang is also developing the missile capability to strike U.S. bases in the Pacific and someday even the American homeland. Virtually no one believes that the Kim regime will voluntarily relinquish its growing arsenal.

Many American policymakers see China as the best means to pressure North Korea to change course. Yet Beijing so far has continued to underwrite the Kim regime. What must the United States and its allies do to convince Beijing to cut commerce with the North? Would such a course most likely result in reform in Pyongyang or a North Korean collapse? Could the latter be worse than the status quo?

Join our panel for an open discussion of these and related questions, as they consider China’s role in confronting the “North Korea problem.”