To understand politics in East Asia it is vital to keep a close eye on events in state capitols. However, it is also necessary to know what is going on at ground level – in Rason, Yanji, Hyesan, Ji’an, Sinuiju, Jilin, and of course right here in Dandong.
An op-ed by a retired PLA General in Shanghai urges preparation for all-out war around Korea. What signals does this send? Also, reflections on Xi Jinping’s heavy hand and the North Korea discourse.
North Korean radiation is now seen publicly as a standard threat to the security and stability of the border region along the Yalu and Tumen rivers. Translating a People’s Daily article, Adam Cathcart shows steps being taken by the CCP to assuage concerns among the population in northeast China.
Chinese editorials about North Korea occasionally regard the small country as an implement in the struggle against US hegemony in East Asia. Sino-NK explores one signal example.
Which North Koreans turned up in the Chinese city of Dandong for a recent trade fair? And does this event represent a real stabilization or upgrade in bilateral relations? Sino-NK reads the sources.
Sino-NK analyses officially-depicted meetings of a high-level Chinese delegation in Pyongyang, placing emphasis on the role of North Korean interlocutors.
Can anything be learned from crawling through North Korea’s own report on its human rights situation and outlook? Adam Cathcart goes spelunking to find out.
As North Korea prepares for a missile test, China gears up for a big trade fair with the DPRK. This post weaves assessments for bilateral trade together with the iron fist of law enforcement in Dandong.