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.

Buckling Down in Dandong

By | May 14, 2017

As Xi Jinping waxes poetic at the “One Belt, One Road” summit in Beijing, we investigate messy realities in the the Chinese border city that would be the ideal hub for any North Korean participation.

D-Day: #Shigak no. 40

By | May 09, 2017

Election day has arrived, the culmination of just two months of intense politics. As promised, Sino-NK published brand new #Shigak analyses three times a week between April 2 and today. And here is our final pre-election offering.

The Home Stretch: #Shigak no. 39

By | May 06, 2017

The South Korean presidential election may be mere days away, but it continues to throw up some fascinating stories. We look at some of the best in this, the penultimate pre-election edition of #Shigak.

North Korean Economic Change as Relinquishing of Party Control

By | May 03, 2017

To what extent is the opposition between market activity and Party control in North Korea overstated? Adam Cathcart presents a few caveats.

Vying for Second Place: #Shigak no. 38

By | May 03, 2017

With the election less than a week away, is it the beginning of the end for the Bareun Party and its charismatic leader, Yoo Seung-min? This question is on the slate in this edition of #Shigak.

THAAD, Ahn, and the Defector Vote: #Shigak no. 37

By | April 30, 2017

This edition of #Shigak adds the diverse voices of the defector community to the cacophony of election opinion, assess the reasons behind the current, potentially vital dip in Ahn Cheol-soo’s popularity, and reviews the THAAD-tinged fifth televised debate.

LGBT Protests, Ageing Liberals, and Midnight Meetings: #Shigak no. 36

By | April 27, 2017

This installment of #Shigak focuses on two political developments: Ahn Cheol-soo’s slipping popularity, and Moon Jae-in’s stance on sexual minorities in society and in the military.

Welfare and Security Reforms on the Docket: #Shigak no. 35

By | April 26, 2017

Is an alliance between those candidates opposed to a Moon Jae-in presidency possible? What did we learn from the most recent presidential debate? And just how salient are labor market issues to the candidates? This issue of #Shigak addresses these questions and more.