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China's Anceint History Expansionism and Korea's Response

The Institute of East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley presents a talk with Chang-hee Nam on China's most recent historical sovereignty claims on parts of Korea.

April 9, 2013 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Chang-hee Nam, Professor of Political Science, Inha University

Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

This talk will cover Beijing's newly raised claim that the ancient Korean kingdoms, Koguryo and Palhae, belonged to China. This history expansionism by China aims at generating an excuse for the country to occupy the northern part of North Korea in the event of an internal crisis in Pyongyang. Another reason is to amplify nationalistic pride by annexing dazzling jade civilizations outside the Great Wall border area in an effort to divert mounting public frustration over economic disparity and corruption in the country.