Russo-Chinese Relations, US-ROK War Games, and the Facade of a United Sino-DPRK Perspective: Tongsin no. 5
While outsiders highlighted fracture and disunity in the China-DPRK relationship, the North Koreans largely portrayed an image of synchronized attitudes. This issue of Tongsin looks at North Korean views of increasingly close Russo-Chinese relations, military exercises, and more.
In the political realm, South Korea is never a dull place. This issue of Shigak highlights some of the more noteworthy stories and reports on South Korea for the first half of September.
Despite the demand for a special investigation, the ruling and opposition parties have yet to find enough common ground to put the Sewol special bill to a vote. This topic and more are explored in the latest issue of Shigak.
Is the case being brought against two Canadian entrepreneurs in the border city of Dandong about North Korean missionary activity, or a larger conflict between China and its other North American rival?
The latest Shigak recaps the crucial July 30 by-elections and discusses what the Saenuri Party’s electoral victory means for South Korean politics going forward. Additional stories covered include: Korea’s rising immigrant population, issues of national identity, and the fate of private high schools, among others.
The results of a recent survey conducted by Chosun Ilbo of visa-holding North Koreans in the Sino-North Korean borderlands offer a rare, if imperfect, glimpse of domestic public opinion in the DPRK. Christopher Green analyzes the findings.
Ongoing battles over historical narratives, an upcoming “mini-general election,” and efforts to deal with and adjust to an increasingly multicultural population were some of the major issues covered in the Korean and foreign media over the last few weeks. These pressing issues and more are covered in the latest issue of Shigak.
The latest issue of Shigak follows several significant developments in South Korea’s foreign and domestic affairs, including Xi’s visit to Seoul and the Abe administration’s reivew of the 1993 “Kono Statement.” Other pertinent issues, including textbook wars and domestic political battles, are covered in this issue.
Revelations of Ma Won-chun visiting Beijing came two weeks after it took place. What are we to make of the fact that the news finally emerged on the same day as Xi Jinping’s visit to South Korea was officially confirmed? This article has been amended.