Border Security

Chinese Contingency Plan: An Improbable Scenario

By | May 18, 2014

If the North Korean government collapsed, what would China do? After the leak of an alleged Chinese contingency plan, Dr. Jennifer Lind offers an assessment based upon extensive research.

Defectors, Nukes, Unification, and the Jang Song-taek Effect: Zhang Liangui Interview

By | April 24, 2014

One of China’s top DPRK experts opens up about his personal experiences with repatriating North Korean defectors, thoughts about nuclear war, Korean reunification, and the impact of Chinese public opinion on the CCP’s North Korea policy. Emile Dirks translates.

North Korean Orphans and Refugees in Laos: Symptom of a Larger Problem

By | June 19, 2013

Nick Miller, whose interests, like those of the DPRK itself, span the borderlands and beyond, looks at DPRK-Laos relations and the case of nine young defectors sent back from whence they came.

High on Comradeship: China Publicizes the DPRK Drugs Issue

By | June 11, 2013

Nick Miller reviews an intriguing Global Times report from mid-March, one that looks a lot like a public shot across North Korea’s drug-producing bow.

Yuanization Writ Large: Daily NK Confirms the Rush to RMB

By | April 19, 2013

Christopher Green talks through data points indicating North Korea continues its inexorable slide toward Chinese currency usage.

Mayday: North Korean Internal Security Delegation in China

By | May 09, 2012

Nick Miller is on his way to the Korea Economic Institute for the summer. Fittingly, questions of mobility and structure are a preoccupation of the present post. — Adam Cathcart, Chief Editor Mayday: North Korean Internal Security Delegation in China by Nick Miller North Korea Leadership Watch recently reported that a delegation from the DPRK […]