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Links for 2 January 2012

By | January 02, 2012

NPR has a nice round up from Dandong, with some Ming dynasty analysis adding value to the standard border walk and a stunning picture; Rodong Sinmun publishes an upbeat song on page 1 of January 1, 2012, indicating that the next 100 years of the Juche era are going to be energetic; A new story […]

Breaking Down Signals in North Korean New Years Editorials: Tweet Barrage

By | January 01, 2012

There will be ample time to discern and dissemble whether or how North Korea is taking what China continues to urge (e.g. the path of “reform and opening up” and a reduction in military expenditures) but there are all manner of clues present in the New Years Editorials posted at KCNA yesterday. The editorials can […]

Updated KCNA-China File

By | January 01, 2012

Here is the most updated version of the KCNA coverage of Sino-North Korean interactions in the period after Kim Jong Il’s death: KCNA File No 1 – December 19-26, 2011. Some further analysis of the data is forthcoming, but the following trends seem evident in the materials: – The families of revolutionaries connected to Kim Il […]

Berlin-Peking-Pyongyang: On Linguistic Values at, and a Note to German Readers

By | December 26, 2011

There is a “statement of principles” or “values statements” presently being drafted for SinoNK, but unquestionably three of those values are going to be on display in the following week: 1) We need access to more information about Sino-North Korean relations in more languages; 2) We at want to reach the widest possible audience […]

Igniting Daily NK Inroads

By | December 20, 2011

Amid the Kim Jong Il news, a column of mine on a strange traffic accident last month which portended ill for the Sino-North Korean relationship was published on the morning of December 19 on the Daily NK.

“Protecting North Korea’s Freedom of Choice”: Huanqiu Shibao Lead Editorial

By | December 20, 2011

Here is the full text of today’s (December 20) Huanqiu Shibao editorial about China’s outlook on the Kim Jong Il aftermath in North Korea.  Underlined text below does not appear in the Global Times’ English language version of the piece.    中国是朝鲜平稳过渡的可靠后盾 / China is North Korea’s Reliable Support for Smooth Transition 朝鲜最高领导人金正日突然去世,中国迅速表示哀悼。这是东北亚的重要事件,无论朝鲜如何度过权力交替期,一些国家都会把这当成改变地区战略格局的契机,朝鲜的稳定和地区战略稳定都面临考验。中国此时的态度很重要。中国须坚决、明确地维护朝鲜的独立自主,保障朝鲜的权力过渡不受外部的干扰,保障朝鲜选择国家道路的自由。North Korea’s highest leader Kim […]

Surveying the Post-Kim Jong Il Landscape from Beijing: Sources

By | December 19, 2011

About an hour ago at noon Pyongyang time, Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim Jong Il had died yesterday morning in his train “from overwork.” A Chinese reporter, Zhao Shuguang [赵曙光], who described in earlier reports the North Korea leader’s desire to make it to age 70 in the year 2012, and who has also been […]

Socialist Upswing in Pyongyang

By | December 04, 2011

D.W. Feldman, the KCNA Coordinator for this blog, has compiled Socialism is a Science Editorials and Reportage Juche100, a group of essays which fairly swashbuckle rhetorically into a discussion of the declining West and the justice of Korean socialism, with particular reference to the Occupy Wall Street movement.