– A new ambassador, Liu Hongcai (刘洪才), arrives in Pyongyang, and is greeted by about twenty overseas Chinese students, as well as ambassadors from Germany, Russia, and Vietnam at the airport.
– Shen Zhihua, the dean of Korean War scholars in China, is interviewed in this excellent Korean-War section of this October 2009 Chinese documentary on Sino-North Korean relations. (The film also contains interviews with a North Korean museum tour guides beautifully fluent in Mandarin and, if you let it run, a jaw-dropping tour of Kim Il Song’s Korean War bunker.)
– Photo gallery of North Korean cadre planting trees. As usual, the more privileged women (attached to delegates to the People’s Congress) are wearing coats almost certainly made in China.
– The latest feel-good dispatch from Xinhua reporter 高浩荣 in North Korea about women employed in the restaurant and traffic-cop sectors.
– Another gorgeous photo gallery from Chaoxian.com.cn featuring shots of the North Korean countryside taken by Chinese tourists with an eye for Dongbei-style tableau. It almost makes you homesick.
– A somewhat bizarre photogallery of a ghoulish Kim Jong Il doing an inspection tour of Kim Chaek Steel Works (unlike the obviously healthy people around him, he wears gloves and a huge winter hat, and appears to be wearing just a light shirt under his huge parka) followed by a performance of the 264th Division’s art troupe:
– Some vigorous BBS discussion over a February 2010 lecture by a Yanbian University professor considering if ethnic Koreans in China should really be South Koreans.
– According to the Chinese embassy in Pyongyang, the North Koreans did sign that agreement to have a new bridge built across the Yalu.
– NK Leadership Watch has had several postings of late on China-NK relations, all of which are worth reading.
– Yanbian police are cracking down on “illegal” Internet bars, along with illegal everything else.