Journal of Northeast Asian Studies

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 58–76 | Cite as

U.S. responses to the Tiananmen and Kwangju incidents: American relations with China and Korea

  • Warren John Tenney


This article focuses upon American relations with China and Korea through a comparative exploration of U.S. responses to the 1989 Tiananmen and 1980 Kwangju incidents. The thesis contends that U.S. policy towards both countries was founded primarily upon security and economic interests and was often obscured by a lack of understanding of these nations’ internal affairs, history, and culture. Although these factors exist in U.S. relations with the two countries, the United States places greater importance upon China than Korea, a situation that does not necessarily benefit Americans.


Foreign Policy Foreign Affair Bush Administration Northeast ASIAN Study American Interest 
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©  Washington University 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Warren John Tenney
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  1. 1.the University of ArizonaUSA

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