Wen Jiabao’s visit to the North Korean Embassy, previously reported on (via Chinese sources) here on SinoNK, has now been described by the Korean Central News Agency. As it turns out, Wen brought the PRC Ministers for both Commerce and Culture with him, indicating once again the desire to keep both economic and cultural ties […]
The Chinese media is much faster at picking up stories from the North Korean media at the moment, but at least for English readers, KCNA’s page finally reemerges in a blaze of Kim Jong Il glory, being stuck at the moment on December 20. Full quotes are provided for the courtesy of readers in South […]
A South Korean research group quoted in Beijing now maintains that Kim Jong Eun has been “running the government” since October 10; a December 22 KCNA report quoted in Chinese describes an outpouring of new poems and songs to eulogize Kim Jong Il, evoke Mount Paektu and associate the successor with the mythical mountain and anti-Japanese […]
Since the death of Kim Jong Il, very little reporting has been done from or about Yanbian, the Korean Autonomous Prefecture on the border with the DPRK’s poorest and most restive province, North Hamgyong. This post is an initial effort to fill the gap. Yanbian in the “Social Management” Discourse — Jin Yongmo [金永默], the Party […]
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.
Excerpting an entire chunk below of John Peterson’s work, which itself quotes at length a certain Minnesota reporter, in a worthy essay on Marxist.com: [begin quote] Capitalist Restoration? Capitalism has succeeded in prying open nearly the entire world. In an epoch of economic crisis and dog-eat-dog competition, every possible inch of market real estate will […]
Given that, according to Chinese reporters, the mad dash to build apartments in Pyongyang in time for 2012 has hardly slackened on account of Kim Jong Il’s death, the immense Huichon Dam in North Korea might also still be under construction today. But to many commentators outside of East Asia, the dam has already broken: […]