Cross-border Business Ties

Yongusil 38: The Long Shadow of Jang Sung-taek, Adam Cathcart at KEI

By | June 18, 2014

The purge and execution of a leading North Korean leader this past December has sent ripples through Chinese investors and the government in Beijing. In a presentation on Thursday, Adam Cathcart explores how North Korean strategies in Special Economic Zones along the Chinese frontier are changing.

Yongusil 37: Bordering, Re-bordering, and Un-bordering the Korean Peninsula in Karelia

By | June 10, 2014

Borderlands, a spatial element of the modern nation-state era, is a subject of great intellectual significance. Deep in Karelia the Association of Borderland Studies is holding its first ever World Conference. Naturally, Sino-NK is there examining Sino-DPRK-ROK relations in the borderlands frame.

Public-Private Partners: Rethinking North Korean “Command Criminality”

By | May 02, 2014

Sometimes it is possible to forget that among all the narcotics and nuclear weapons, North Korea also engages in licit businesses. Much of it takes place in the country’s near abroad, and during Sino-NK’s recent AKS research trip to Manchuria, Christopher Green took time to think it over.

Bullet Trains and Wood-Burning Trucks

By | May 01, 2014

In an effort to cut down travel time and spur economic growth, China is lacing high-speed rail throughout its northeastern provinces. Lessons abound for North Korea, as this essay from eastern Jilin indicates.

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.

Introducing Tongsin | 통신

By | January 24, 2014

Introducing Tongsin | 통신: data and analysis of the North Korean state media reports on the subject of China. This debut issue examines the North Korean emphasis on an independent and growing DPRK economy in the months preceding the Jang Song-taek purge.

Special Economic Zones after the Purge

By | December 30, 2013

A Sino-NK trio translates an early PRC response to the Jang Sung-taek purge, revealing data about the new Onsung Special Economic Zone and the desire of both sides to retain a veneer of normalcy in the Chinese-North Korean trade relationship.

Blind Legacy: Jang Sung-taek and North Korea’s Invisible Cross-Border Bridge

By | December 09, 2013

The bridge between Dandong and Sinuiju is pregnant with economic potential, nearly complete, and in a very real sense associated with newly unmasked “counter-revolutionary” Jang Sung-taek. Revisiting a recent essay for The Daily NK, Chief Editor Adam Cathcart investigates.