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Reinterpreting the Withdrawal of Chinese Troops from North Korea, 1956-1958

By | July 12, 2016

Did Kim Il-sung’s nationalism force the Chinese out of North Korea in the 1950s, or was it an agreed strategy meant to bolster anti-US propaganda? This post reviews new data on a pivotal moment in Chinese-North Korean relations.

Rumblings from Dandong: Banks and Bayonets

By | February 24, 2016

To understand politics in East Asia it is vital to keep a close eye on events in state capitols. However, it is also necessary to know what is going on at ground level – in Rason, Yanji, Hyesan, Ji’an, Sinuiju, Jilin, and of course right here in Dandong.

Wang Haiyun and China’s North Korean Contingency Scenarios

By | February 23, 2016

An op-ed by a retired PLA General in Shanghai urges preparation for all-out war around Korea. What signals does this send? Also, reflections on Xi Jinping’s heavy hand and the North Korea discourse.

Fukushima Effect: China’s “Emergency” Moves after the North Korean Nuclear Test

By | February 16, 2016

North Korean radiation is now seen publicly as a standard threat to the security and stability of the border region along the Yalu and Tumen rivers. Translating a People’s Daily article, Adam Cathcart shows steps being taken by the CCP to assuage concerns among the population in northeast China.

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.