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Is this a Cult of Personality? KCNA Documents

By | December 23, 2011

As Kim Jong Il leaves the scene, surely someone in Pyongyang is having their best week ever as a professional.  More to the point, the folks at Korean Central News Agency have gone into overdrive with hagiography. D.W. Feldman, the editor-at-large of SinoNK, has compiled some of the recent descriptions of Kim Jong Il; they […]

Scott Snyder: NK Should Consider the US as a Strategic Counterweight to Chinese Hugs, and Other Analysis

By | December 23, 2011

Obviously a great deal has been written in the past few days which deserves discussion. Scott Snyder, probably the foremost scholarly voice on Sino-North Korean relations (though he has plenty of competition — just check the sidebar of this blog) has an interview with the Council on Foreign Relations which is worth reading in full. […]

Dai Bingguo Manages Not to Cry, and Other Details from the NK Diplomatic Quarter of Beijing

By | December 22, 2011

Wen Jiabao’s visit to the North Korean Embassy, previously reported on (via Chinese sources) here on SinoNK, has now been described by the Korean Central News Agency.  As it turns out, Wen brought the PRC Ministers for both Commerce and Culture with him, indicating once again the desire to keep both economic and cultural ties […]

KCNA Fragments

By | December 22, 2011

The Chinese media is much faster at picking up stories from the North Korean media at the moment, but at least for English readers, KCNA’s page finally reemerges in a blaze of Kim Jong Il glory, being stuck at the moment on December 20. Full quotes are provided for the courtesy of readers in South […]

Beijing-Pyongyang: Developments in and Around North Korea from the Chinese Media

By | December 22, 2011

A South Korean research group quoted in Beijing now maintains that Kim Jong Eun has been “running the government” since October 10; a December 22 KCNA report quoted in Chinese describes an outpouring of new poems and songs to eulogize Kim Jong Il, evoke Mount Paektu and associate the successor with the mythical mountain and anti-Japanese […]

Surveying the Security Environment on China’s North Korean Frontier

By | December 22, 2011

Since the death of Kim Jong Il, very little reporting has been done from or about Yanbian, the Korean Autonomous Prefecture on the border with the DPRK’s poorest and most restive province, North Hamgyong.  This post is an initial effort to fill the gap. Yanbian in the “Social Management” Discourse — Jin Yongmo [金永默], the Party […]

Igniting Daily NK Inroads

By | December 20, 2011

Amid the Kim Jong Il news, a column of mine on a strange traffic accident last month which portended ill for the Sino-North Korean relationship was published on the morning of December 19 on the Daily NK.

Via China, a Capitalist Restoration in the DPRK? A Marxist Perspective

By | December 20, 2011

Excerpting an entire chunk below of John Peterson’s work, which itself quotes at length a certain Minnesota reporter, in a worthy essay on Marxist.com: [begin quote] Capitalist Restoration? Capitalism has succeeded in prying open nearly the entire world. In an epoch of economic crisis and dog-eat-dog competition, every possible inch of market real estate will […]