Military

Porous Net: 28 Questions on the “Chinese Fisherman Held Hostage by North Korea” Narrative

By | May 21, 2012

Porous Net: 28 Questions on the “Chinese Fisherman Held Hostage by North Korea” Narrative by Adam Cathcart It remains a bit early to draw sweeping conclusions about what this all means, the data points are adding up to a not-so-pretty picture and the fallout to China’s relationship with North Korea seems likely to be rather […]

Hybridization of Performance Scale: Missile Launch

By | May 03, 2012

We may never know what has transpired behind the curtain — or the growing wall of statues — in Pyongyang, but we can appreciate very much being treated as the audience to a great performance. The intermingled leadership of the Korean Workers’ Party and the Korean People’s Army has been putting their new auditorium in […]

Trope Deconstruction 101: “Iranian Scientists May Attend N. Korean Nuclear Test”

By | May 02, 2012

Trope Deconstruction 101: “Iranian Scientists May Attend N. Korean Nuclear Test” by Adam Cathcart At SinoNK.com, we have previously deconstructed the rumors that a.) North Korea conducted a previously unknown nuclear test in May 2010 and that b.) that alleged test was of an Iranian nuclear weapon.  To put it mildly, the former assertion is […]

NSA on the Edge: Gen. Kim Won Hong and the National Security Agency’s Rise to Prominence on the Frontier

By | April 24, 2012

Anyone who has wandered around the city of Berlin in a long twilight or early morning could tell you that borders have meaning, and that severe dangers accrue to those who have, under the wrong circumstances, attempted to breach them. The Sino-Korean frontier is not the site of an iconic wall, nor is it precisely […]

16 Wheels of Controversy: April Parade Repercussions

By | April 22, 2012

The Sino-NK editorial team is presently like you, dear reader, in that it has been trying to keep up with the torrent of recent news surrounding China’s relations with North Korea.  But chronicling possible pivot points in more or less “real time” is not without its hazards, and pivot points can always lacerate the analyst.  […]

Mahan Over the Tumen Delta: China’s Naval Ambitions for Rason

By | April 18, 2012

China’s role as a trading power along the North Korean frontier is already widely respected, but what about the PRC’s naval ambitions in North Korea? This essay looks at potential Chinese uses for the North Korean port of Rason.

Parsing PRC and DPRK Foreign Ministry Statements on Satellite Launches

By | April 05, 2012

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Foreign Ministry/MFA/外交部) dominates a corner of the Chaoyang district; its grey girth looms not far at all from the DPRK Embassy. While the MFA is not the driving Chinese institution in relations with North Korea, it does play a key role in articulating China’s public concerns about the alliance; the […]