Coverage of the fallout from the purge of Jang Sung-taek has been both abundant and fascinating, and this is particularly true for Chinese readers. Sino-NK newcomer Emile Dirks makes sure that the rest of the world doesn’t miss out on the energetic media expression of Beijing’s alarm at unusual North Korean conduct.
As we consider and reconsider changes in Chinese-North Korean relations that have unfolded over the past year, a look back at the Korean War commemorations this past July is more than appropriate. Adam Cathcart translates Huanqiu Shibao and meditates on the utility and trauma of the Korean War as history.
China’s initial response to the execution of Jang Sung-taek looked even-handed and predictable, Adam Cathcart finds. However, the Chinese version of the editorial in question was different. Not supportive or radical, but nevertheless cut from noticeably different cloth.