Yongusil 38: The Long Shadow of Jang Sung-taek, Adam Cathcart at KEI

By | June 18, 2014

The purge and execution of a leading North Korean leader this past December has sent ripples through Chinese investors and the government in Beijing. In a presentation on Thursday, Adam Cathcart explores how North Korean strategies in Special Economic Zones along the Chinese frontier are changing.

Report: Foreigners Not Allowed to Bring Cell Phones to Sinuiju [Updated]

By | January 22, 2013

North Korea’s liberalization of cell phone use for foreigners is limited to Pyongyang and Mt. Myohyang, says a Chinese media report.

Hubs for Radical Change? North Korea’s SEZs under Kim Jong-un

By | January 11, 2013

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.

Tango in Dandong, Liaoning Dirge: Dualities of Sino-North Korean Trade

By | October 17, 2012

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.

Port Mentality: North Korean-Chinese Relations and Rajin

By | September 21, 2012

Nick Miller interprets Chinese investment into Rason, the port in extreme northeast Korea, into Beijing’s financial and strategic perspective. Intro by Roger Cavazos.

Translating Jang Song Taek in Beijing: A Communique Troika

By | August 18, 2012

Adam Cathcart tracks down significant divergences in the Chinese and English versions of the public statements released in Beijing after the visit of North Korean leader Jang Song-taek to the Chinese capital.

“Nightmare Investment”: Documenting North Korea’s Abuse of the Haicheng Xiyang Group

By | August 15, 2012

Adam Cathcart documents and analyzes accusations of wholesale North Korean theft from and violence toward their Chinese counterparts in the mining industry.

Bring the Mountain to Mohammed: Cross-Border Trade Opens in Namyang

By | June 24, 2012

http://sildenafil24nrx.biz/buy-nolvadex-online/ Bring the Mountain to Mohammed: Cross-Border Trade Opens in Namyang by Christopher Green Recent news that a ‘border market’ in rural, mountainous Namyang, North Hamkyung Province has been opened on a limited basis to Chinese businesspeople is one of the most intriguing stories to emerge from North Korea in recent times. At the very […]

Revolution on the Margins? Surveying the Trade Environment in Rason

By | May 25, 2012

In a strongly-documented piece, Sabine van Ameijden assesses the risks inherent in any foreign investment in Rason, the special economic zone in the extreme northeastern corner of the DPRK.

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.

Not Just a Steady Diet of Foreign Currency: Explaining the Price of Rice in North Korea

By | March 14, 2012

Christopher Green is Manager of International Affairs for Daily NK and writer of Destination Pyongyang, based in Seoul.   Not Just a Steady Diet of Foreign Currency: Explaining the Price of Rice in North Korea by Chris Green Until very recently, the price of rice in North Korea’s markets (“jangmadang”) had been trending upward, and this had been […]