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 […]
NPR has a nice round up from Dandong, with some Ming dynasty analysis adding value to the standard border walk and a stunning picture; Rodong Sinmun publishes an upbeat song on page 1 of January 1, 2012, indicating that the next 100 years of the Juche era are going to be energetic; A new story […]
There will be ample time to discern and dissemble whether or how North Korea is taking what China continues to urge (e.g. the path of “reform and opening up” and a reduction in military expenditures) but there are all manner of clues present in the New Years Editorials posted at KCNA yesterday. The editorials can […]
Here is the most updated version of the KCNA coverage of Sino-North Korean interactions in the period after Kim Jong Il’s death: KCNA File No 1 – December 19-26, 2011. Some further analysis of the data is forthcoming, but the following trends seem evident in the materials: – The families of revolutionaries connected to Kim Il […]
A rough translation of an editorial in Huanqiu Shibao that encapsulates a bit of possible self-delusion in China: the notion that North Korea is about to undertake a “peace dividend,” settle down and fundamentally reorient its economy away from military-first politics: Sun Xingjie, “大国要给朝鲜安全感 / A Great Power Will Give North Korea Feelings of Security,” […]
SinoNK editor Adam Cathcart has a dispatch up at Foreign Policy; A few recent rumors from Pyongyang are relayed via translation from the Chinese media; And China has to deny reports that it sent PLA troops into North Korea to help with vague notions of stability.
A much more extensive Sino-NK Document Dossier is in the works, gathering up a number of sources in translation for a more comprehensive look at Chinese views of the North Korean transition, but in the meantime two translated editorials will suffice: 1. Sun Xingsong [孙兴杰] “Severe Challenges Facing the Kim Jong Eun Era [金正恩时代面临重重挑战],” Huanqiu […]
There should be a great many more posts here about Rason, the northeasternmost port in North Korea which has been the object of such massive amounts of Chinese largesse and great-power fantasy, but for the time being, this essay by the folks at Chosun Exchange (via The Diplomat, HT @nepotism) provides a wonderful and credible primer.
A longer document dossier is in the works on the Chinese response to Kim Jong Il’s death, but the North Koreans, in the meantime, have decidedly been kind to the PRC in their various ways in the dispatches of the Korean Central News Agency. It may be a touch ragged, but the full text of […]