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Borderline News from NK: Hyesan and Forest Fires

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North Korean border region / Sino-North Korean relations

Hyesan is getting spruced up with some funds from the center. Meanwhile, the ever-vigilant Juchechosunmanse digs up a real find: Back in October North Korea watchers were perplexed by the fires in the DPRK’s northeast, namely in Ryanggang-do and Hamgyong-bukdo. The Daily NK has just reported [ed. in Chinese] that the forest fires were caused by people burning corn roots to get rid of insects and worms in areas such as Pungseo-gun in Ryanggang-do. Apparently it is part […]

Flower Girls: Prostitution in Hyesan, North Korea

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North Korea / North Korean border region / Sino-North Korean relations

A fall 2009 dispatch from the Daily NK in Chinese (and its English translation) indicated that a prostitution scandal was breaking in Hyesan, North Korea’s fourth largest city, a gray metropolis which sprawls along the banks of the shallow Yalu river across from the Chinese city of Changbai. [Google Map of Hyesan/Changbai available here.] I spent a few days in Changbai in July 2009 to gather impressions of North Korean-Chinese interactions. From talking to locals, […]

Prostitution in Hyesan, North Korea

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North Korean border region / Sino-North Korean relations

Snug up against the small but still bustling Chinese city of Changbai (Jilin province), Hyesan lies along the Yalu River, spreading from West to East as the closest urban gateway to sacred Mount Paektu.  According to the country’s Meteorological Administration, Hyesan is the coldest big city in the DPRK.  Cross border-trade is an important part of what goes on in the city, yet, Hyesan is, in some ways more than other cities in North Korea, […]

Survey of Hyesan *North Korea* and Surrounding Border Areas

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China / North Korea / North Korean border region / Sino-North Korean relations

Earlier this summer, 2009, I spent several days each in various sections of the border between North Korea and China.   As the holder of a U.S. passport, I am not allowed into these regions of DPRK territory, but there are still significant phenomenon one can gauge from a trip to various parts of the border. Along with some brief observations, selected photos of North Korea are available on my new photos blog. My apologies for […]

Strung Out: Fencing and Security on the Chinese-Korean Frontier

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Adam Cathcart on the Chinese side of the Tumen River south of Hoeryong (North Hamgyong province, DPRK), photo by Chuck Kraus

Q.: Have you heard anything about how extensive the fencing is along the North Korea-China border? A.: Ishimaru Jiro of AsiaPress travels the Tumen Valley extensively. This past summer in a trip there with a Deutsche Welle camera crew, he noted that some additional fencing had gone up along one relatively active crossing point.  However, this is not to be taken as gospel that it’s being done along the length of the Tumen River frontier. The […]

Is China losing faith in North Korea? A Contribution to The Guardian

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Korean War / North Korean border region / Yanbian

Having been asked to put something together for the Guardian‘s new North Korea network, I did, and had the following short essay included as part of a very fine panel: One of the things you quickly realise from travelling along the full length of the Chinese border with North Korea is just how much of North Korea there is. China’s boundary stretches along four northern frontier provinces of the DPRK, stretching for hundreds of kilometres […]

Chronicling the History of the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in the PRC: 1990 Edition

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Ambassador Jim Hoare has written a delightful and very informative essay for SinoNK.com, the website for which I serve as chief editor. When based in Beijing in 1990, Ambassador Hoare took a trip up to Yanji with Warwick Morris (who, unbeknownst to him at the time, was another future UK Ambassador to North Korea). Their photographs and recollections are included in a newly released (and free) e-journal, entitled The Tumen Triangle Documentation Project, Vol. 2, […]

Monday Notations

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Chinese communist party / North Korea / North Korean border region

Chinese Central Television is reporting on the protests in Manhattan/New York and other American cities. An essay by Chris Green in Seoul challenges the notion of “free markets” in North Korea and provides an illustration by Stephan Haggard of cross-border exchanges with China. The Daily NK describes how life next door to China has driven up housing prices (and the weight of government decrees) in sprawling, visible Hyesan. A short but feisty post by Graham […]

Kim Jong Il in China: 28 Things You May Have Missed

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American Foreign Policy / China / Chinese communist party / East Asian modernity / Manchuria / North Korea / North Korean border region / Sino-North Korean relations / US-North Korea relations / Yanbian / 新闻自由

Cross-Border Economic Development 1. Indeed, the Rodong Sinmun [劳动新闻/Worker’s Daily], North Korea’s key ideological mouthpiece, has said nothing of Kim Jong Il’s since his junket to a Hamgyong fruityard. But what has flowered in place of news of Kim?  The halls of Pyongyang, at least the ones with lighting, are suddenly again flush with economic optimism. The phrases present in this Rodong Sinmun, May 20, editorial had gone into deep remission.  The North Korean leadership, we can […]

The News from North Korea: Relations with China, Aerial Drone Denunciations, Green Totalitarianism, and the Middle East

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American Foreign Policy / Cultural Politics / Environmental Politics in East Asia / Huanqiu Shibao / Japan / North Korea / North Korea-Japan relations / North Korean border region / Sino-North Korean relations / US-North Korea relations

Since the emergence of putative successor Kim Jong Eun into the public eye, the North Korean news media — specifically the Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA — has taken pains to publish more content about two things: youth, and the international situation. What this equates to is an expanded view of what North Koreans are encouraging people to talk about, and how the state frames problems of the day.  It also means that there […]