North Korean Capitalism
As Xi Jinping waxes poetic at the “One Belt, One Road” summit in Beijing, we investigate messy realities in the the Chinese border city that would be the ideal hub for any North Korean participation.
To what extent is the opposition between market activity and Party control in North Korea overstated? Adam Cathcart presents a few caveats.
Kevin Gray interrogates the usefulness of financial sanctions against the DPRK, highlighting ways in which such sanctions impact the development of the licit and illicit border economies.
A year after it closed, South Korea is still eyeing the Kaesong Industrial Complex. The issues are not only financial, but also emotional. Christopher Green translates a recent report about North Korea allegedly trying to attract Chinese businesses into the manufacturing zone.
KBS sent a helicopter to hover just inside the southern side of the North-South border and take pictures of conditions in the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC) a year after the complex was closed. Christopher Green reproduces their photos and translates the commentary.
The Chinese Communist Party is in a state of tremendous ferment on the corruption issue. Surveying the mainland press for clues from Liaoning, Adam Cathcart assesses the campaign’s impact in a key border province.
Sino-NK isn’t the only one taking a keen interest in China-DPRK borderland dynamics. More and more researchers are visiting the area to get a personal grasp of what is going on. Former ROK Minister of Unification Lee Jong-seok did so in early August. Christopher Green looks at Lee’s report.
The role of the shadow economy in North Korean social change is a contested question, one taken up in a new paper for Europe-Asia Studies. Here, the author summarizes his findings for Sino-NK.