The Jangmadang is Sino-NK’s marketplace for fresh ideas. In keeping with the tradition established by its eponymous counterpart in North Korea, our Jangmadang, written and managed by Sino-NK staff, provides short, snappy, but vital information on the latest documentary research and news. Unlike most English-language outlets, you will find that a majority of the sources are in Chinese or Korean, with cameo appearances from places like France, Germany and Japan. Jangmadang articles are a quick read, too. No introductions, just reliable translations and accurate, timely analysis.

Coal Knows No Boundaries: #Shigak no. 16

By | December 17, 2014

This issue of #Shigak covers a range of topics from the middle of November until the middle of December including the persecution of the “Saegye six,” the transportation of coal from Russia to South Korea via Ranjin, and the factional politics surrounding the nomination of a new party chairperson for the opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy.

Assessing North Korea’s Nuclear Gambit: A View from Beijing

By | December 03, 2014

Chinese policy debate over North Korea has been rather fractious of late. A new translation by Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga shows Zhang Liangui wading into the fray, via an essay for a premier foreign affairs periodical in the PRC.

A Bundle of Bills in November: #Shigak no. 16

By | November 27, 2014

This issue of #Shigak looks at a number of bills that passed South Korea’s National Assembly to address issues surrounding the Sewol ferry sinking and the country’s underdeveloped welfare state. Other topics include a temporary workers strike, the Sewol ferry captain’s jail sentence, and Sino-Korean economic ties.

Under the Juniper Tree: The 2012 Assassination Attempt on Kim Jong-un

By | November 17, 2014

In early November, an article appeared in the Donga Ilbo which described an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un in November 2012, and its aftermath. The article was never translated in full… until The Korean and Sino-NK joined forces.

No Country for Old Men (or Women): #Shigak no. 15

By | November 10, 2014

This issue of #Shigak takes a back-to-basics approach, homing in on issues that voters everywhere really care about: jobs, housing, and the economy. But there’s still room for appearances from Ahn Cheol-soo and the Sewol.

Boondoggle on the Yalu: China’s Useless New Bridge to North Korea

By | November 03, 2014

A huge new piece of bilateral infrastructure on the Sino-North Korean frontier is to remain unopened for the foreseeable future. Sino-NK provides Chinese context to the news.