Think-Tank Watch

By | January 27, 2012

Steven Denney is editor-in-chief  of PEAR, Yonsei University’s graduate journal, a leading voice at the Political Cartel (East Asia) blog, and a master’s student in Global Studies at Yonsei University. In his first foray as Think-Tank Analyst for, Denney compiles a list of recent discussion of North Korea and Sino-North Korean relations for the […]

“What Are the Implications of the Collapse of America?” : Rodong Sinmun vs. Brzezinski

By | January 27, 2012

While KNCA’s English page remains an essential resource, and the new Rodong Sinmun English version is similarly interesting, there is no substitute for reading the whole Korean paper every day, an action which is now possible (at least for readers outside the ROK firewall) thanks to North Korea’s expanded digital footprint. is therefore pleased […]

Anchorwomen, Tanks, and Other Symbols

By | January 25, 2012

– Martyn Williams has a tremendous illustrated run-down of the unprecedented Korean Central TV-China Central TV collaboration during the Spring Festival; Xinhua reporter Zhang Li — who was the first Chinese reporter in Pyongyang on television about 15 minutes after the announcement of Kim’s death — strikes again in conversation with her distinguished North Korean […]

North Korea’s Troll Army? The Sinophone Internet Debate Over Kim Jong Un’s On-Site Inspection

By | January 22, 2012

In the endeavor to follow news coming out of Pyongyang since January 1, it has been occasionally difficult to follow Chinese news threads about Kim Jong Un.  Something suprising appears to be happening on the Chinese internet in the Kim Jong Un era, at least on the Huanqiu Shibao/Global Times comment boards, which, associated with […]

Catch and Release: Journalists on the North Korean-Chinese Border

By | January 20, 2012

In the long aftermath of the Laura Ling-Euna Lee fiasco, may be featuring a couple of posts looking back at the memoirs of the two main participants, since notes on their decidedly mixed oeuvre exist, await typing and more thought (presuming that the thought precedes the typing).  The Oprah-NK demographic, after all, is one that we […]

Liaoning Expressways, the Global Times, and China as a Great Power in the North Korean Media: KCNA File No. 5

By | January 20, 2012

Northeast China, and Liaoning in particular, has its own unique set of problems: environmental pollution, rates of unemployment and corruption that are higher than the national average, and the occasional violation of its eastern boundary by border guards with guns or North Korean fighter jets. But Liaoning — being more solidly Han, and much closer […]

China-North Korea Dossier No. 1: “China and the North Korean Succession”

By | January 19, 2012

This 78-page dossier includes critical translations of a range of Chinese sources that emerged in the aftermath of Kim Jong-il’s death. Edited by Adam Cathcart.

‘Distorting and Speaking Ill of the Reality of the DPRK’: KCNA China File No. 4

By | January 19, 2012

The first week of January was a peculiar time in North Korea and for Sino-North Korean relations in particular.  Kim Jong Un emerged in full, leading up to his January 8 birthday close-up, doing on-site inspections, attending concerts of canatas praising Kim Jong Il with the old generals, generally coddling the military, and paying no […]