Despite the (nominal) socialist ties, Chinese media reveals that there is little interest in US-Cuban rapprochement, yet the coverage that exists provides some insight into how China views US domestic and foreign relations, with Cuba and other countries non grata, namely North Korea.
One of China’s top DPRK experts opens up about his personal experiences with repatriating North Korean defectors, thoughts about nuclear war, Korean reunification, and the impact of Chinese public opinion on the CCP’s North Korea policy. Emile Dirks translates.
In the second part of an extensive interview, Zhang Liangui discusses the DPRK leadership, the North Korean domestic political landscape, and the genealogical roots of the Kim dynasty. Emile Dirks translates.
In an interview with Consensus Online, a leading Chinese voice on North Korea, Zhang Liangui, describes his youthful experiences in Pyongyang in the 1960s, the Cultural Revolution, and why he cannot go back. Emile Dirks translates.
Coverage of the fallout from the purge of Jang Sung-taek has been both abundant and fascinating, and this is particularly true for Chinese readers. Sino-NK newcomer Emile Dirks makes sure that the rest of the world doesn’t miss out on the energetic media expression of Beijing’s alarm at unusual North Korean conduct.