Behind the Deadlock: The U.S., the PRC, the U.K. and the Issue of the POWs during the Korean War

February 29, 2012 // 12:30pm1:30pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
North Korea International Documentation Project
History and Public Policy Program

Image: At Panmunjom, Korea, POW's (recently repatriated in the UN POW exchange) are off-loaded from ambulances. Photograph from the US National Achives:

Who should be responsible for the deadlock of the truce talks on the repatriation of the POWs during the Korean War? What were the motivations underlying the principle of non-forcible repatriation of the U.S.? What actually influenced the PRC to accept the truce? What were the roles of other powers besides the U.S., the PRC and the USSR? Youzhen Xu, ECNU-WWICS Cold War Studies Initiative Scholar from Wuhan University will discuss these issues based on a multilateral-interaction perspective and a multi-archival study of the roles of the U. S., the PRC and the UK, in particular, in the formation and resolution of the deadlock over the issue of the POWs during the Korean War armistice negotiations. Not only will she explore policies, focusing on their underlying considerations and thinking, but also the interaction of different policies within bloc and inter blocs, especially the British effort to break the deadlock in such context.

Joining Youzhen on the panel is Wilson Center Fellow Yafeng Xia.

James F. Person, project coordinator for the Wilson Center's North Korea International Documentation Project will chair the event.

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • Youzhen Xu // ECNU-WWICS Cold War Studies Initiative Scholar
    Professor, Vice Dean School of History, Wuhan University, P.R. China
  • Yafeng Xia // Fellow
    Associate Professor, Long Island University
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