The Jangmadang is Sino-NK’s marketplace for fresh ideas. In keeping with the tradition established by its eponymous counterpart in North Korea, our Jangmadang, managed by Sino-NK staff, provides short, snappy, but vital information on the latest documentary research and news. Unlike most English-language outlets, you will find that a majority of the sources are in Chinese or Korean, with cameo appearances from places like France, Germany and Japan. Jangmadang articles are a quick read, too. No introductions, just reliable translations and timely analysis.

A Land They Never Knew Properly: South Korea’s Need To Understand Africa

By | December 14, 2022

South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo recently traveled to Ghana, the first such visit for a South Korean prime minister despite over four decades of diplomatic ties between Accra and Seoul. The prime minister’s visit to Ghana came shortly after ROK president Yook Suk Yeol met with Kenya’s leader William Ruto in Seoul. With the […]

Short- and Long-Term Security Implications of China-DPRK Rapprochement: A View from Seoul

By | November 22, 2022

ROK state-affiliated scholar: Seoul must seek to leverage Chinese wariness of North Korea pushing the envelope to far.

Xi Speaks To Biden, Nods And Winks At Kim

By | November 20, 2022

Xi Jinping’s remarks about the DPRK’s “reasonable fear” may be a sign to Kim Jong Un approving another nuclear test.

ROK Unification Minister: Denuclearization Still In The Cards

By | November 17, 2022

Seoul’s unification minister says denuclearization still possible despite Pyongyang’s recent claims and increasing public calls for an ROK nuclear deterrent.

Palmerston in Seoul: South Korean Russia Hand Calls For Restraint Toward Moscow

By | November 01, 2022

Seasoned South Korean Russia analyst on the opportunities in Moscow-Seoul ties, and the risks that the Yoon administration could undermine ROK interests.

Too Close For Comfort: Geopolitical Implications Behind Putin’s Remarks About ROK Arms Transfers

By | October 31, 2022

Whatever the truth behind the notion that South Korea will supply weapons to Ukraine, the ROK remains a sensitive area for Russian strategic interests.

Shades of Responsibility: China’s Ambassador to South Korea Denies Beijing Is Silent

By | October 27, 2022

China’s ambassador to South Korea rejects the idea of Beijing’s complicity in North Korea’s recent military provocations.

Commodity Turnover: North Korea-Russia Trade Set to Resume from Major Low

By | October 26, 2022

North Korea-Russia trade has a low threshold from which to grow, but in spite of sanctions and pandemic controls, it looks set to expand, as Anthony Rinna explains.

Thae Yong Ho: Türkiye’s Nuclear Sharing A Potential Model for South Korea

By | October 19, 2022

The nuclear sharing debate rages on in Seoul, with Washington’s top envoy in opposition to the idea. Whereas North Korea and Russia (the latter in an indirect manner) drive talk about deploying tactical nuclear weapons to the ROK, Türkiye has become a potential source of inspiration for South Korea, urging North Korean defector-turned-lawmaker Thae Yong Ho […]