A new blog appears! Check out Juchechosunmansei, with an essay on North Korean-Chinese relations and China’s inferiority complex.
North Korea asserts that ethnic Koreans in China are boiling with rage at South Korean-U.S. military provocations. This is a real throwback to Korean War-era rhetoric. Strangely enough, I can’t seem to find any confirmation of this in the Chinese press.
NK Leadership Watch puts forward a characteristically solid and well-grounded post on the women surrounding Kim Jong-il; I also recommend reading Sima Qian for an understanding of court politics more generally in East Asia.
Speaking of which, One Free Korea has an interesting discussion going about Obama’s bow to Emperor Akihito in Tokyo.
And the exuberantly-titled Flying Yanban has a breakdown of North Korea policy embeds in the President’s big speech at Suntory Hall.
Finally, this dispatch from KCNA has been giving me flashbacks to North Korean rhetoric of 2003 and 2005. Naturally it’s timed to slam Obama on his way into the region, but the emphasis on Afghanistan as a graveyard for U.S. imperialism is one that may go beyond just a standard putdown:
Rodong Sinmun on U.S. Failure in Its “Anti-Terror War”
Pyongyang, November 12 (KCNA) — The U.S. forces have fought the reckless “anti-terror war,” utterly disregarding the capability and will of the people aspiring after independence and having no elementary consideration of their ability, too much obsessed with the idea of “military technological superiority.” Rodong Sinmun Thursday says this in a signed article.
It goes on: No doubt this is a hopeless war for the U.S. It has failed to put under its control the struggle of the anti-U.S. resistance forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, adding to the toll of its troops, as it was not aware of its big ideological, moral and military weak points, contending that it could win the “anti-terror war” if it only goes superior in weaponry and military technology.
The U.S. forces ignited the Afghan and Iraqi wars all of a sudden, pinning much hope on their latest type weapons. These weapons, however, failed to play a decisive role.
The U.S. forces are serving in the army to have their individual selfish desires realized. This is one of their ideological and moral weak points.
They are operating hundreds of military bases in many countries and regions, having too many military targets and too long a front. This is also one of their vulnerable points.
They also failed to calculate that where independence is infringed upon, there always comes resistance and where there is resistance there always comes a revolutionary struggle.
The U.S. forces are now pushing the “anti-terror war” to a catastrophe, their energy waning, the article says, adding that the failure in the “anti-terror war” means a failure in their strategy based on strength.
The worldwide fierce anti-U.S. movement against the “anti-terror war” is bringing the U.S. position of being the world’s “only superpower” to a rapid decline and precipitating the process of global independence, concludes the article.