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A Study on the Origins of the Cold War in the Northeast Asia

Kim, Yung Ho 1

1성신여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

The Cold War in the Northeast Asia is regarded as a phenomenon subordinate to that in Europe. This trend remains unchanged in the post-Cold War period. In contrast to the end of the Cold War in Europe with the collapse of the Soviet Union and East European countries, the Cold War still persists in the Northeast Asia. The legacies of Cold War involve the Korean division, the Taiwan Straight issue, and territorial disputes among the countries in the region. The socialist political system does not change in China, Vietnam, and North Korea. The collapse of the Soviet Union does not directly lead to the end of the Cold War in Asia. The failure to understand the differences between Europe and Asia regarding the end of the Cold War derives from the lack of the study in the origins of the Cold War in the Northeast Asia. The study of the origins of the Cold War in the Northeast Asia is the precondition for judging whether the Cold War has ended and helps us to devise specific policies to ameliorate Cold War confrontation. The article is an attempt to trace the origins of the Cold War in the Northeast Asia with specific reference to recently declassified Soviet and Chinese documents. The Cold War in the region started when the regional order was polarized with the development of antagonistic relationships between the United States and the Soviet Union. It is important to understand what events were the watershed in the Cold War development in the region. The events may be imposed by outside powers. They may be ignited by the proactive policies of the region. It is important to explain the interactive process leading the onset of the Cold War in the region. This article seeks to explain the origins of the Cold War in the region with specific reference to the Yalta Agreement. The collapse of the Yalta Accord was one of the most important reasons for the origins of the Cold War in the region. The success of the Chinese communist revolution and the Korean War began to destroy the main pillars of the Yalta Agreement. The San Francisco treaty was only the final legal expression of the collapse of the Yalta system.

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