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Title: Recasting 'Nuclear-Free Korean Peninsula' as a Sino-American language for co-ordination
Authors: Tamaki, Taku
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: © Cambridge University Press
Citation: TAMAKI, T., 2012. Recasting 'Nuclear-Free Korean Peninsula' as a Sino-American language for co-ordination. Japanese Journal of Political Science, 13 (1), pp.59-81.
Abstract: A series of Six-Party Talks involving the United States, China, Japan, South and North Koreas, and Russia resulted in the emergence of a narrative of ‘nuclear-free Korean Peninsula’. Given the prevalence of nuclear weapons amidst Sino-American rivalry, the area is hardly ‘nuclear-free’. Instead, the phrase has evolved into a convenient language for the US and China to signal to each other that there is a coincidence of wants in preserving the multilateral framework despite the Realpolitik dynamics. This article provides a Constructivist perspective to this particular aspect of Sino-American balance of power by taking the language of ‘nuclear-free’ seriously, recasting the narrative as a shared signifier for the US and China to co-ordinate their language despite the lingering bilateral rivalry.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1017/S1468109911000247
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/15880
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1468109911000247
ISSN: 1468-1099
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