On March 18, a North Korean woman who had defected in 2002 was killed in South Korea while at work as a prostitute. Darcie Draudt analyses the startling data.
Adam Cathcart takes a brief look at North Korean-Chinese mutual perceptions in their East Asian context.
A leading editorial in Huanqiu Shibao argues that China needs to “enhance its resilience” with regard to North Korea. Mycal Ford translates excerpts and notes the dangers of “doublespeak.”
Christopher Green shifts the gaze from Kim Jong-un to another key player on the peninsula, Samsung Electronics head Lee Kun-hee, who appeared in South Korea earlier today to send a powerful signal to some places where it really matters.
Sino-NK surveys the nationalist discourse and finds that progressives, like conservatives, support a nuclear-powered, “strong and prosperous” Korea.
Darcie Draudt weaves through the conflicting messages about and by the residents of Yeonpyeong Island, where normality and war go hand-in-hand.
Mycal Ford parses an op-ed indicating reservoirs of support in the PRC establishment for North Korea’s formula of economic development via nuclear weapons.
SinoNK looks to Baekryeong Island for a change of pace from the weight of wartime rhetoric, even though it lies just a stone’s throw from North Korea.