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 […]

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop—Recent Activity on the Sino-DPRK border

By | January 19, 2012

As was discussed in-depth nearly precisely a year ago on One Free Korea, the North Korean border with China tends to be a place where memory goes to die.  That is to say, when it comes to news reports about the border, a tabula rasa among readers is commonly assumed.  Whenever the DPRK’s malignancy needs […]

Hostage Princes and Shadow Reformers: Kim Jong Nam

By | January 18, 2012

We recently learned that Kim Jong Nam [金正男], the eldest son of Kim Jong Il, had struck up a friendship with Japanese reporter, Yoji Komi [五味洋治], in the Beijing Capital Airport in 2004 and has corresponded with him frequently since by e-mail.  Recently, Kim instructed Yoji to collate all the materials, over 100 e-mails and […]