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.
What has Chinese diplomacy on the North Korean nuclear issue accomplished recently? Not a great deal, to put it mildly. Damning demonstration by Chief Editor Adam Cathcart.
Leveraging her strong public image overseas, President Park Geun-hye is currently in Europe. She gave a well-received address to the Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands, and then moved on to Germany. In the midst of a packed German agenda, she gave this interview to journalist Philipp Abresch.
If China begins to see itself as the primary victim of North Korea’s nuclear research, then a more confrontational approach toward Pyongyang becomes possible, reveals a new translation by Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga.
Is North Korea “Bad or Mad?” In her critique of the securitization paradigm, Morgan Potts claims this is the wrong questions to ask. She suggests different, more empathetic questions that aim at “knowing” rather than “othering.”
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.
We have been tracking likely Chinese reactions to a North Korean test for the past two months. We capture official and un-official reactions. How were our predictions? Pretty good.
Christopher Green and Steven Denney dissect editorials from four South Korean daily newspapers following the North Korean nuclear test to provide a more nuanced breakdown of the domestic response in the South.