To understand politics in East Asia it is vital to keep a close eye on events in state capitols. However, it is also necessary to know what is going on at ground level – in Rason, Yanji, Hyesan, Ji’an, Sinuiju, Jilin, and of course right here in Dandong.
An op-ed by a retired PLA General in Shanghai urges preparation for all-out war around Korea. What signals does this send? Also, reflections on Xi Jinping’s heavy hand and the North Korea discourse.
Chinese editorials about North Korea occasionally regard the small country as an implement in the struggle against US hegemony in East Asia. Sino-NK explores one signal example.
Sino-NK translates a key editorial about how recent events along the Korean DMZ might impact the Chinese-North Korean relationship.
Is the PRC media response to the death of four Chinese civilians by a hungry North Korean deserter evidence of policy change, or just business as usual? Adam Cathcart looks at the evidence.
Chinese policy debate over North Korea has been rather fractious of late. A new translation by Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga shows Zhang Liangui wading into the fray, via an essay for a premier foreign affairs periodical in the PRC.