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Poetry from Pyongyang // 平壤诗歌

By | January 12, 2012

Rodong Sinmun yesterday carried a number of foreign language items, as well as a plug (in Korean) for foreign language education in the DPRK.  A positive sign? At the very least, an opportunity for two English-language students at Kim Il Sung University to get an important translation on their respective resumes of a collectively-composed poem, […]

Revisiting Wen Jiabao in Pyongyang, October 2009

By | January 10, 2012

Editor’s Note: In 2010 and 2011, China’s relations with North Korea had reached a point of extensive and expanding connectivity.  Much of the foundation of these ties lies in the agreements signed in Pyongyang during the visit of PRC Premier Wen Jiabao in early October 2009.  As North Korea starts a crucial new year and […]

Songun, Tangun, Son of Paektu, etc.: Kim Jong Un Documentary

By | January 09, 2012

With thanks to Rue89 Chinatown in Paris for the tip, a one-hour special on (North) Korean Central TV about Kim Jong Un and, among other things, his links to the Mount Paektu legend and his military bona fides.  Songun policy references abound.  The young Kim is, in the eyes of KCNA, nothing less than the […]

Sunday Reads, Chinese Audibles

By | January 09, 2012

– This rather slight yet nevertheless astonishing shift in emphasis on nothing less than Kim Jong Il’s last on-site inspection: the supermarket visited on December 15 was in fact a joint venture with China. A blockade on this particular fact had existed since the Dear Leader’s death, with nothing less than a CCTV crew going […]

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 […]

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 […]