As today’s news from the Myanmar-Yuannan border indicates, the notion of thousands of refugees moving over Chinese borders and into the PRC is not a phenomenon which is completely unique to the DPRK-China frontier. However, as today’s essay connotes, the… Read More ›
Archive for January 2012
As its propaganda testifies, the North Korean state is nothing if not attentive to its anniversaries. Kim Jong Il’s 70th birthday on February 16, 2012, along with Kim Il Sung’s 100th birthday on April 15, 2012, are serving as repetitious focal points… Read More ›
Not every DPRK-related story in the Asahi Shimbun is worthy of a North Korean refutation, but a recent piece asserting that Chinese forces had contingency plans to be “in Pyongyang in two hours” clearly touched a nerve.
One of Japan’s great regional security muckrackers, Keiji Minemura, elaborates at length in the Asahi Shimbun (English) on the notion of Chinese military planning for crisis on the Korean peninsula. The Dong-A Ilbo in Seoul compresses Minemura’s report into a… Read More ›
While KNCA’s English page remains an essential resource, and the new Rodong Sinmun English version is similarly interesting, there is no substitute for reading the whole Korean paper every day, an action which is now possible (at least for readers… Read More ›
- Martyn Williams has a tremendous illustrated run-down of the unprecedented Korean Central TV-China Central TV collaboration during the Spring Festival; Xinhua reporter Zhang Li — who was the first Chinese reporter in Pyongyang on television about 15 minutes after… Read More ›