New NKIDP Document Reader: Limits of the "Lips and Teeth" Alliance: New Evidence on Sino-DPRK Relations, 1955-1984

Mar 30, 2009

The North Korea International Documentation Project is pleased to announce the publication of the latest addition to NKIDP Document Reader Series, Limits of the "Lips and Teeth" Alliance: New Evidence on Sino-DPRK Relations, 1955-1984.

The collection was specially prepared for the joint NKIDP-United States Institute of Peace conference, North Korean Attitudes Toward China: A Historical View of Contemporary Difficulties, and contains newly obtained documentary evidence on North Korea's relations with China throughout the Cold War from Russian, (East) German, Albanian, and Hungarian archives. The 24 documents contained in the reader shed new and invaluable light on Pyongyang's perspective of the Sino-DPRK relationship, and may force a reevaluation of the U.S. strategy of relying on China's political leverage over North Korea to resolve contemporary disputes over North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

Limits of the "Lips and Teeth" Alliance: New Evidence on Sino-DPRK Relations, 1955-1984 was edited by NKIDP Coordinator James Person with indispensable assistance from Tim McDonnell. NKIDP is part of the Center's History and Public Policy Program directed by Dr. Christian Ostermann. This publication, like all NKIDP publications, was made possible by a generous grant from the Korea Foundation and is available for download free of charge from the NKIDP website, www.wilsoncenter.org/nkidp.