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End of an Era of Huge Profits: Mainland Businessmen Talk Sino-DPRK Border Trade

By | January 23, 2014

As interlocutors from both sides of the Sino-North Korea borderland trade attempt to find new footing, Chinese views of the business environment in the DPRK are more important than ever. Matthew Bates and Adam Cathcart translate, with photos from Mr. Bates.

Growth Prospects and the Potential for Progress in the DPRK’s Agricultural Sector: Infrastructure and Incentives

By | June 23, 2013

Matthew Bates completes his discussion with agronomist Tom Morrison on the prospects of food self-sufficiency in North Korea. In the final installment of a three part series, Morrison finishes his discussion of agricultural reforms and delves into a dialogue about the geography of rice and potato production.

Growth Prospects: Tom Morrison on the Potential for Progress in the DPRK’s Agricultural Sector

By | June 16, 2013

Matthew Bates continues his discussion with agronomist Tom Morrison on the prospects of food self-sufficiency in North Korea. In part two of a three part series, Morrison discusses the effectiveness of previous aid and reform efforts and the prospects of further agricultural reform.

Prospects for Food Self-Sufficiency in the DPRK: Interview with Tom Morrison

By | June 01, 2013

Tom Morrison, an agronomist with extensive experience in the DPRK, speaks with Sino-NK’s Economics and Trade Analyst Matthew Bates about North Korea’s agricultural capacity and prospects for self-sufficiency in part one of a three-part interview.

Zhang Dejiang and the DPRK: Enter the Electronics Industrial Working Delegation

By | March 30, 2012

Even when rockets emblazoned with hangul are being trundled around the periphery, strange developments in domestic politics maintain a certain primacy. In an unusually precipitous public clash of swords between the Obama and Romney camps this past week, the subject of East Asia never arose once, in spite of the fact that the POTUS was […]