Which North Koreans turned up in the Chinese city of Dandong for a recent trade fair? And does this event represent a real stabilization or upgrade in bilateral relations? Sino-NK reads the sources.
Can anything be learned from crawling through North Korea’s own report on its human rights situation and outlook? Adam Cathcart goes spelunking to find out.
This piece of (recent) history by Morgan Potts explores the tensions of the 2013, when Robert King’s invitation to Pyonyang was rescinded, examining what could have been a turning point for US-DPRK relations that was lost amidst other diplomatic crises.
With a deep dive into Beijing’s internal bureaucratic politics and Li Jinjun’s predecessors in Pyongyang, Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga sheds light on China’s evolving stance toward North Korea.
The appointment of a new Chinese Ambassador to Pyongyang, Li Jinjun, will serve as both a Rohrschach test and a means of ascertaining where China thinks things might go, argues Simone van Nieuwenhuizen.
Did Kim Jong-un already meet Xi Jinping in northeast China? And will the North Korean leader show up in Moscow this coming May? A guest voice assesses the potential.
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.
Using recent power shuffles in the Pyongyang security elite as a backdrop, this essay investigates the peculiar roots and practices of North Korean purges.