Between Balancing and Bandwagoning: South Korea's Response to China

  title={Between Balancing and Bandwagoning: South Korea's Response to China},
  author={David C. Kang},
  journal={Journal of East Asian Studies},
  pages={1 - 28}
  • David C. Kang
  • Published 1 April 2009
  • Political Science
  • Journal of East Asian Studies
Why has South Korea accommodated China, instead of fearing its growth and balancing against it? This article makes two central arguments. First, concepts of balancing and bandwagoning are fundamentally difficult to test, and to the extent that the theory can be tested, it appears to be wrong in the case of South Korea. In fact, we observe many cases in which rising powers are neither balanced nor “bandwagoned” but are simply accommodated with no fundamental change either way in military stance… 
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