This is Nothing Compared to the 1990s: Lv Chao on Sino-DPRK Relations

By | January 06, 2012

Lv Chao [吕超], “Around the World, It is Already Commonly Recognized that the Stability of the (Korean) Peninsula Must Be Preserved” [维护半岛稳定已成世界共识],” Huanqiu Shibao, 7:08 A.M., 22 December 2011. translation by Adam Cathcart, with the assistance of Charles Kraus The author is the Director of the Research Center for Chinese Borderland History and Geography, Liaoning […]

Party Leadership Transitions and China’s Relations with North Korea

By | January 06, 2012

What impact do the inner-Party workings of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have on the formation and execution of China’s North Korea policy? This question forms the basis of the following essay by SinoNK’s Analyst for Chinese Geostrategy, Nicholas Miller.  Miller is presently a postgraduate student at the Bush School at Texas A & M […]

Foundations (2): Kim Jong Il on Inheritance

By | January 06, 2012

Preface: Although a handful of more orthodox PRC intellectuals have remotely encouraged him to make his mark in print, Kim Jong Un has virtually no paper trail to speak of.  Analysts, however, are fortunate to have access to a huge body of work by his two predecessors.  If one thing has been made clear since […]

“We Neither Glorify Nor Vilify North Korea” : Assorted Reads and Multimedia

By | January 06, 2012

[Updated, January 6] With regard to Chinese contingency planning for a North Korean collapse, Stephan Haggard writes: So what are the Chinese thinking? Reuters recently offered up a summary of the speculation. Although over two years old, the most comprehensive treatment we have seen is a study by Drew Thompson and Carla Freeman called “Flood Across the […]

For Korean Readers

By | January 05, 2012

Adam Cathcart has a new essay available in Korean on the DailyNK website on the subject of Chinese-North Korean tourist ties and the Chinese Embassy in North Korea.

Foundations (1): Quotations from Chairman Kim Il Sung

By | January 04, 2012

What is new and what is old in North Korea?  As was pointed out in a particularly astute recent article in the Washington Post, especially during this transition, Kim Il Sung (1912-1994) forms the ultimate baseline for determining North Korean culture in its many forms, and for measuring its evolution. As B.R. Myers points out in […]

KCNA’s China Prism: Analyzing North Korean Media

By | January 03, 2012

We are pleased to bring to readers KCNA File No 2 – December 10-17, 2011, a complilation of KCNA’s China-related news in the week prior to Kim Jong Il’s death.  Having such data as a baseline is helpful in understanding how, if at all, North Korea’s receptiveness toward China is changing in the “Kim Jong Un […]

Gen. Guo Boxiong at the DPRK Embassy, Dec. 20

By | January 03, 2012

China’s head of state and the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Hu Jintao suprised at least a few people by showing up at the North Korean embassy in Beijing the morning after Kim Jong Il’s death was announced. Although Hu could not meet the DPRK Ambassador to China (more about that in tomorrow’s […]