As its propaganda testifies, the North Korean state is nothing if not attentive to its anniversaries. Kim Jong Il’s 70th birthday on February 16, 2012, along with Kim Il Sung’s 100th birthday on April 15, 2012, are serving as repetitious focal points and justifications for – what else? – massive labor mobilization in the DPRK. However, among […]
Not every DPRK-related story in the Asahi Shimbun is worthy of a North Korean refutation, but a recent piece asserting that Chinese forces had contingency plans to be “in Pyongyang in two hours” clearly touched a nerve.
Steven Denney is editor-in-chief of PEAR, Yonsei University’s graduate journal, a leading voice at the Political Cartel (East Asia) blog, and a master’s student in Global Studies at Yonsei University. In his first foray as Think-Tank Analyst for SinoNK.com, Denney compiles a list of recent discussion of North Korea and Sino-North Korean relations for the […]
In the long aftermath of the Laura Ling-Euna Lee fiasco, SinoNK.com may be featuring a couple of posts looking back at the memoirs of the two main participants, since notes on their decidedly mixed oeuvre exist, await typing and more thought (presuming that the thought precedes the typing). The Oprah-NK demographic, after all, is one that we […]
Lv Chao [吕超], “Around the World, It is Already Commonly Recognized that the Stability of the (Korean) Peninsula Must Be Preserved” [维护半岛稳定已成世界共识],” Huanqiu Shibao, 7:08 A.M., 22 December 2011. translation by Adam Cathcart, with the assistance of Charles Kraus The author is the Director of the Research Center for Chinese Borderland History and Geography, Liaoning […]
[Updated, January 6] With regard to Chinese contingency planning for a North Korean collapse, Stephan Haggard writes: So what are the Chinese thinking? Reuters recently offered up a summary of the speculation. Although over two years old, the most comprehensive treatment we have seen is a study by Drew Thompson and Carla Freeman called “Flood Across the […]
Adam Cathcart has a new essay available in Korean on the DailyNK website on the subject of Chinese-North Korean tourist ties and the Chinese Embassy in North Korea.
We are pleased to bring to readers KCNA File No 2 – December 10-17, 2011, a complilation of KCNA’s China-related news in the week prior to Kim Jong Il’s death. Having such data as a baseline is helpful in understanding how, if at all, North Korea’s receptiveness toward China is changing in the “Kim Jong Un […]