chapter  7
China and Korean unification strategies: a Korean perspective
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The legacy of Imperial Japan’s harsh colonial rule and the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union resulted in the tragedy of the Korean people, the division of the Korean nation, and the hostile relations between the two Koreas. The end of the Cold War, with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 along with globalization, has created opportunities for ending this conflict. However, the Cold War structure is still animated on the Korean peninsula, encouraging hostility in Northeast Asia. Since the Cold War structure itself led to the division of the peninsula and the Korean War (1950-1953), the efforts for Korean unification should begin by deconstructing the Cold War.