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China, North Korea, and Nuclear Arms

An Interactive Timeline

As tensions again escalate on the Korean Peninsula, ChinaFile examines more than a decade of developments in North Korea’s nuclear armaments program.

We begin our timeline in late 2002, when China first joined diplomatic discussions, paving the way for what would become known as the “Six-Party Talks” on denuclearizing North Korea—talks that for the first time included diplomats from both North and South Korea, China, Russia, Japan, and the United States.

Fully-searchable, the timeline links each development to news headlines from the day and is sortable by country.

When viewing the timeline, click on “More” to learn more about a particular event. Use your left and right keyboard arrow keys to move through timeline events. See a full-browser version of the map here.

Ouyang Bin is an Arthur Ross Fellow at the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society in New York and Associate Editor of ChinaFile, where his major interests concentrate on China’s political...
David Barreda is the Director of Visuals for ChinaFile. Barreda worked as a staff photojournalist at the San Jose Mercury News, the Rocky Mountain News, and the Miami Herald. He holds a Masters...
Zhang Xiaoran graduated from the Chinese Language and Literature Department of Peking University. She is currently a graduate student in the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department at Columbia...
Xiaoyuan Luo is a Masters student in International Relations at New York University. Her studies concentrate on the Asia Pacific and U.S.-China relations. Before coming to the U.S., she received a B....

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