Day: February 6, 2010

DPRK Sidelines

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North Korea / Sino-North Korean relations

1.  So what was Kim Jong Il doing yesterday, when the media circus hit the Beijing airport in the person of released American missionary Robert Park? Why, watching Russian opera, of course! Do check out these striking photos of the Dear Leader, obviously in an expansive mood, with the Russian Ambassador from one of the better DPRK blogs in China via Hexun. Although this operatic throwback to the 19th century might seem, well, reactionary, Kim […]

Robert Park in the Chinese Press

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China / Chinese communist party / North Korean border region / Sino-North Korean relations

American human rights rhetoric about North Korea tends to rest upon a self-sustaining paradox: in the view of vocal bloggers and conservative newspapers, the Chinese Communist Party is guilty of perpetuating North Korean human rights abuses, yet, the American advocates of regime change in Pyongyang  make few visible efforts to detect what Chinese people are reading about North Korea, or to gauge to what extent China is actually exhibiting signs of flexibility on the refugee […]