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Strange Occurrences on the Border: Reviewing the Ling/Lee North Korea Episode

By | January 31, 2012

 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 […]

Maid of the Right Wing Hack Media Shock Brigade: The Rodong Sinmun Counterattacks

By | January 30, 2012

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.

Think-Tank Watch

By | January 27, 2012

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, Denney compiles a list of recent discussion of North Korea and Sino-North Korean relations for the […]

Catch and Release: Journalists on the North Korean-Chinese Border

By | January 20, 2012

In the long aftermath of the Laura Ling-Euna Lee fiasco, 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 […]

This is Nothing Compared to the 1990s: Lv Chao on Sino-DPRK Relations

By | January 06, 2012

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 […]

“We Neither Glorify Nor Vilify North Korea” : Assorted Reads and Multimedia

By | January 06, 2012

[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 […]

For Korean Readers

By | January 05, 2012

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.

KCNA’s China Prism: Analyzing North Korean Media

By | January 03, 2012

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 […]