The Cultural Revolution in Pyongyang and Yanbian: Interview with Zhang Liangui

By | March 19, 2014

In an interview with Consensus Online, a leading Chinese voice on North Korea, Zhang Liangui, describes his youthful experiences in Pyongyang in the 1960s, the Cultural Revolution, and why he cannot go back. Emile Dirks translates.

#Shigak | #시각 no. 03: Cases of Sedition and Espionage and the Repatriation of Defectors

By | March 18, 2014

This issue of # 시각 (shigak) pulls together annotated tweets on several high profile issues in or related to South Korea including the Lee Seok-ki sedition case, the Yu U-song spy trial, and the repatriation of North Korean defectors to South Korea from Canada.

Yongusil 29: In Pyongyang with Erik Cornell

By | March 18, 2014

Looking behind around and behind much of the sound and fury of current analysis of North Korea, In Pyongyang presents the first of a vital series of recorded interviews with more long term and considered engagers of North Korea. The first features Sweden’s initial Charge d’Affaires to Pyongyang, and author Erik Cornell.

Tongsin | 통신 no. 03

By | March 14, 2014

The latest Tongsin | 통신 for February 2014 examines the North Korean narrative surrounding the US-ROK war games, which positions the North as a cooperative actor seeking engagement and stability in the face of destructive “confrontation rackets” in the South.

North Korean Missiles and Chinese Passenger Aircraft

By | March 12, 2014

A North Korean missile narrowly misses a Chinese passenger jet and an open rift is revealed. Read the full translation and analysis of PLA General Wang Hongguang’s op-ed, all by Sino-NK’s chief editor.

“Red Lines” and North Korea Metaphors at the National People’s Congress in Beijing

By | March 10, 2014

On Saturday, Chinese Foreign Minister expressed his country’s “red line” for the Korean peninsula. But as Adam Cathcart explains, there are a few other metaphors in play.

Justifying Hereditary Succession in North Korea

By | March 09, 2014

Is the succession process to Kim Jong-un complete, or still very much in train? Sino-NK’s chief editor analyzes a recently-unearthed speech by the supreme leader.