As Sino-North Korean bilateral relations intensify, Adam Cathcart looks at China’s ground game in Pyongyang and Dandong, with a focus on business.
Newly declassified documents shed light on a CIA operation to extract high-level intellectuals as defectors from the People’s Republic of China. We also look at defector accounts of meetings with Mao Zedong.
In this essay, Rory de Mellow examines the reconceptualisation of US foreign policy during and after the Korean War.
Sino-NK likes to look behind the scenes to the nuts and bolts of North Korea news-gathering. In this essay, Daily NK staffer Robert Lauler examines the details of a recent case: the Pyongyang lockdown.
A review of two recent works examining the role of the media and the development of protest culture in South Korea during the Park regime.
Russia’s Iskander Ballistic Missile System Has Long Worried NATO: Its North Korean Cousin is Much More Dangerous
Analysis of a new North Korean weapon that bears a striking resemblance to Russia’s Iskander missile.
A leader of a separatist Ukrainian republic annexed by Russia hails North Korea’s support as a sign of a revised international order.
In the second part of this series, Jessica Pitcher examines the relationship between Japanese imperial authorities in China and the practice of narcotics trafficking, which “weakened” the inhabitants of the occupied territories while filling government coffers in Manchukuo.
In light of the war in Ukraine, Sino-NK rounds up a range of academic papers, reports, and think pieces on Xi Jinping and Taiwan, with special interest in South Korean perspectives.
What happens when the CCP locates debris from the World War II era in China’s northeastern border region? Patriotic education and reflections on a useable past.
Narcotics, Smuggling and Sex: Perspectives of Empire in Japan’s East Asian Conquests, 1932-1945, Part One
Empires are often described in grand and abstract terms, but they are also an everyday phenomenon, where the authority of the colonizing state is impressed upon its subjects in myriad ways. Here, Jessica Pitcher examines the role of sex trafficking in the everyday conception of the Japanese empire in Korea.
As the Biden administration mulls its approach to North Korea, we reconsider the Trump era “maximum pressure” policy within the context of Sino-North Korean relations.
Christopher Richardson explores the social and political consequences of the Spanish Flu pandemic for Korea as the March 1st Movement erupts, and tracks the journeys of three doctors en route to their places in Korean history and revolutionary mythology.
A Model(led) Minority: Socioeconomics Transforming Korean Diasporic Identities in China, Japan, and Germany
Casting a comparative lens, Victor de Valk explores the distinctive role of socioeconomics in transforming diasporic identities across three countries.
Christopher Richardson returns to Sino-NK with the first of a timely and exciting new series on how the Spanish Flu ravaged Korea during the tumultuous early 20th century. Worth considering as we watch next steps in the COVID pandemic.