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Stephan Haggard’s Comment on Sinuiju SEZs

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

Stephan Haggard is frequently described as one of the top North Korea analysts in the United States; his breadth of interest, range of expertise, and command of massive amounts of data, along with his keen analytical eye all serve to confirm his standing in the research community.  I was therefore glad to see that he took interest in one of my recent papers on the subject of North Korean Special Economic Zones in and near […]

Tremors on the Periphery: Sinuiju Unrest

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Chinese Avant-Garde / East Asian modernity / Manchuria / North Korea / North Korean border region

Yesterday I got a message from one of my favorite North Korea specialists, Owen Miller at the School of Oriental and African Sciences in London, concening a recent disturbance in Sinuiju, the northwesternmost city in the DPRK and a bellwether when it comes to regime intentions and popular resistance. More information about the protests is available via Chosun Ilbo (Korean version here), as well as on an Asia Catholic website. Indeed, Daily NK now reports […]

Sinuiju Still Life

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North Korean border region

Several new photogalleries have popped up on the Chinese internet with regard to North Korea. This image dates from March 31, 2010, on the piers of Sinuiju: And yet more evidence from these photos from the Air Force school in the city that Sinuiju girls are tough as nails.  I, for one, will not be messing with North Pyong’an.

Police Payoffs in Chongjin and Upset Students in Sinuiju

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North Korea

The latest Good Friends report for January 2010 has been released, and includes these dispatches: Police Returned Stolen Objects to Owners after Receiving Payment At the Chungjin Preservation Center of Northern Hamgyong Province, possessions stolen during the 100-Day Battle were being returned as of December 8th. Officers have found 20 bicycles, 8 TV’s, 2 motorcycles, and 5 sacks of clothes upon capturing four thieves. Village residents had to pay in order to receive their own […]

Sinuiju Updates / North Korean News from China

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East Asian modernity / North Korean border region / Sino-North Korean relations

Good Friends reports that swine flu has broken out in the northwestern border city of Sinuiju.  In addition to testimony from a mother, including rumors of a quarantine of Kaesong, the report describes that medicine sales have been halted on account of the recent currency revaluation. This report from Daily NK describes how piles of the old currency were being used by arsonists to light up old buildings in an unspecified North Korean city. The […]

Students in Sinuiju, DPRK

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Cultural Politics / North Korea / North Korean border region

The Daily NK reports that sightings of a few large boatloads of students in the large North Korean border city of Sinuiju are indications that the DPRK’s fuel shortages have abated, and that ferry service in Sinuiju (most likely to Uiju, upriver) is back in operation.  These are quite some photographs for anyone who has spent time in Dandong.  Normally it is the Chinese who pack the boats and stare joyously across the space: This […]

Mobile Phones in Sinuiju / 新义州手机管理

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North Korean border region

Good Friends (好朋友) organization reports the following news from Sinuiju: Illegal Chinese Mobile Phones Will be Monitored in Sinuiju Throughout the Year As of July 1st, officials in Sinuiju North Pyongan Province have been enforcing laws on users of illegal Chinese mobile phones and will continue to do so at least until the end of the year. New technology has been purchased in order to conduct the investigation. The wire tapping equipment is capable of […]

Three Questions on Dandong and Chinese-North Korean Economic Relations

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Borderlands / North Korean border region / Sino-North Korean relations
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As the third China-North Korea Trade Fair continues, a few questions (modified from those posed by a stalwart reporter from a northern European news magazine roaming Liaoning province) and tentative answers seem appropriate. Q.: There is a great deal of new construction in Dandong and Chinese real estate companies are clearly trying to attract buyers — including possibly wealthy North Koreans.  I have been going to the ‘Xinchengqu’ (or New City district) every year since that […]

New Chinese Writing on North Korea

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Borderlands / Sino-North Korean relations
NKs in Hamgyong bukto 2

Chinese scholarship and journalistic analysis of North Korea tends to be very strong, if occasionally oblivious or channeled due to political censorship. From a scholarship standpoint, China’s increasing distance from the DPRK has resulted in a relative opening up of the Chinese discourse on North Korea which has been absolutely fascinating to observe. Today I ran across a new author I hadn’t been familiar with previously: Kang Chun-nü [康春女], who is a Chinese national of […]

New Allegations of a Chinese Link to the Jang Song-taek Purge & Execution

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North Korea / Sino-North Korean relations

According to what would appear to have to be a very high source cultivated by New Focus International, sometime in early 2013 (i.e., in the aftermath of the satellite launch, or maybe the 3rd nuclear test) Jang Song-taek wrote “the Chinese leadership” a letter explaining he wanted to reform North Korea’s economy and rebalance the DPRK’s locus of power away from the Party and into the Cabinet. The text of the letter (presumably read over […]