Even if North Korea follows the Chinese model of economic reform, Kevin Gray (University of Sussex) argues, the results are destined to be very different.
In his second essay for Sino-NK, Théo Clément examines two SEZ developments on the North Korean side of the border, Mubong and Kyongwon. There he finds signs of competing local initiatives, logistical savvy, and reciprocal dialogue with Chinese partners.
Chinese editorials about North Korea occasionally regard the small country as an implement in the struggle against US hegemony in East Asia. Sino-NK explores one signal example.
The latest issue of #Shigak reports on new developments and top stories in South Korea for September and October. In this issue, Park Geun-hye goes to Washington, the number of multicultural families continues to increase, and Moon Jae-in gets labeled a… communist?
Which North Koreans turned up in the Chinese city of Dandong for a recent trade fair? And does this event represent a real stabilization or upgrade in bilateral relations? Sino-NK reads the sources.
Sino-NK analyses officially-depicted meetings of a high-level Chinese delegation in Pyongyang, placing emphasis on the role of North Korean interlocutors.
Seoul National University geographer Bae-Gyoon Park challenges the validity of the developmental state thesis in a recent paper on the Masan Free Export Zone. Park recapitulated his findings at an event hosted at the University of Toronto. Daniel Park recaps his presentation.