Chinese Foreign Relations

High on Comradeship: China Publicizes the DPRK Drugs Issue

By | June 11, 2013

Nick Miller reviews an intriguing Global Times report from mid-March, one that looks a lot like a public shot across North Korea’s drug-producing bow.

Rhetorical Arsenal or Honest Rapprochement: China’s Taiwan Policy and Korean Reunification

By | May 27, 2013

Writing from Kaohsiong, Mycal Ford examines the complications and lessons of Taiwan-mainland ties for Korean reunification.

A Soupçon of Anger: KCNA-China File No. 23

By | May 19, 2013

Looking back at a period of bilateral agony, Sino-NK returns to December 2012, capturing several critical months of North Korean discussion about China.

The Golden Age Is Over: Stacking Up Borderlands Sources in Dandong

By | April 30, 2013

Are dozens of Chinese capitalists really camping out in Pyongyang, trying to get their money back? Adam Cathcart translates and goes back to the future to find out.

No More Firewall: Qiao Xinsheng on the DPRK’s Militant Isolation

By | February 17, 2013

The Chinese debate over North Korea’s strategic position continues. One academic from Wuhan pointedly suggests that North Korea has long ceased to be an asset, and should not involve China in a regional war.

Incinerated Fantasy: Kim Jong-un, Zhu Feng, and a Censored Article in Beijing

By | February 09, 2013

Zhu Feng let fly with a savage combo of rhetorical assaults on the “badass” North Korean leadership, but was censored in Beijing. Our translation gives the reader insight into Chinese anger toward the DPRK.

Red Box, Blue Box, Green Box: Arguing against Institutional Pluralism

By | February 08, 2013

Christopher Green examines the durability, and the deficiencies, of the “post-totalitarian” thesis for the DPRK, and furthers the quest for a developmental understanding of North Korea.

A Most Peculiar Country: China’s Southern Weekly on North Korea

By | February 08, 2013

F. Bleeker translates a Southern Weekly article indicating that Chinese hopes for Kim Jong-un as reformer have given way to perceptions of a tougher neighbor than his late father ever was.