Author Archive

Kim Jong-un, Jeremy Corbyn, and the Trident Debate

By | July 26, 2016

At a recent Parliamentary debate in London, North Korea was raised time and again as justification for the renewal of Britain’s submarine nuclear deterrent. Adam Cathcart parses what it means for the besieged opposition Labour Party, and peers into shadows of Korean War destruction for the Conservatives.

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.

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.