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Water and the Chess Piece: Chinese-North Korean Relations in the Huanqiu Shibao

By | October 29, 2015

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.

Dead on Arrival? Taking Trade Notes in Dandong

By and | October 20, 2015

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.

The New Normal: Liu Yunshan in Pyongyang

By | October 18, 2015

Sino-NK analyses officially-depicted meetings of a high-level Chinese delegation in Pyongyang, placing emphasis on the role of North Korean interlocutors.

History, Smoke and Mirrors: Assessing North Korea’s Association for the Study of Human Rights

By | October 07, 2015

Can anything be learned from crawling through North Korea’s own report on its human rights situation and outlook? Adam Cathcart goes spelunking to find out.

Currency, Trade, and Criminal Conspiracies in Dandong

By | September 23, 2015

As North Korea prepares for a missile test, China gears up for a big trade fair with the DPRK. This post weaves assessments for bilateral trade together with the iron fist of law enforcement in Dandong.

Unpacking Beijing’s “Sinocentric Narcissism” during the Loudspeaker Crisis

By | August 25, 2015

Sino-NK translates a key editorial about how recent events along the Korean DMZ might impact the Chinese-North Korean relationship.

Private Plots and “Water Shaming” in Yanbian

By | June 19, 2015

Just across the border from North Korea, water issues around private vegetable plots are causing friction among local residents and government officials. Adam Cathcart translates.