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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 […]

Trains, Trade, and Corruption: Dandong Data Points

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Borderlands / Chinese communist party / Chinese foreign policy / Kim Jong-un / My Publications / North Korea / North Korea foreign relations / North Korean border region / Sino-North Korean relations
Dandong Trade Fair

While analysts were surely right to parse the dynamics of the 3 September parade in Beijing, the work of assessing the state of Chinese-North Korean relations needs to go well beyond seating charts, personalities, and speculation about Kim Jong-un. As the main juncture for bilateral trade, the Chinese border city of Dandong should be near the top of any short list of generally verifiable factual indicators of Chinese-North Korean relations. Synthesizing all the stuff going on in and […]

Dandong Discourse: China-DPRK Trade Fair, and Rumblings in Xinchengqu

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Borderlands / China / North Korea / North Korean border region
Dandong Trade Fair Guanggao, July 2015

Historians have surely seen better days between the Chinese Communist Party and the Kim-centric Workers’ Party of [North] Korea, but business continues apace today in the borderland. The main item seen in the past few weeks (i.e., something “new” that hasn’t yet made it yet into our wonderful Anglophone discourse) is the subject of today’s post. And the news is that the China-DPRK Trade Fair and Culture/Tourism Expo will indeed be held this coming October, and is entering […]

Meth, Road-Tripping, Drought, Aid, and Forbidden Love: Five North Korea Stories from China

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Sino-North Korean relations

Microblogging in English or Chinese continues to present limits on and challenges for academics who ‘watch’ Northeast Asia. Certainly, in the process of gathering information about the region, it has gotten rather easy to share pithy viewpoints, but the problem of why one is sharing a given piece of information is not always self-evident. Take these two tweets as a study in contrasts:   Personal blogs seem to be a good medium through which a slightly more considered and […]