Mycal Ford parses an op-ed indicating reservoirs of support in the PRC establishment for North Korea’s formula of economic development via nuclear weapons.
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.
The quotidian matters, argues London School of Economics graduate Alexander James. His trifurcated sociological approach suggets that both those in positions of power and ordinary folk haven’t so much “freedom to choose.”
How can we measure if the North Korean economy is undergoing reform? Watch the country’s six Special Economic Zones, via Sabine van Ameijden’s overview of SEZ change and stagnation.
China’s policy toward North Korea is set for further evolution. Will the DPRK benefit from having old friends in the Politburo in Beijing? Read the extended version of SinoNK’s PacNet and South China Morning Post essays here.
What is the broader outlook for China’s relationship with North Korea in the aftermath of the DPRK’s missile test? SinoNK joins a conversation with the Huffington Post.
Daily NK international editor Christopher Green analyzes the multiple logistical barriers for a North Korean who wants a cell phone.
As the unprecedentedly large China-DPRK expo winds down in Dandong, the Chinese media reports continuation of a spat between North Korea and a jilted Chinese investor. An exclusive SinoNK translation and analysis.