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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.