Author: Adam Cathcart

Comment on the North Korean Missile Launch

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Chinese foreign policy / factionalism in North Korea / North Korea / Sino-North Korean relations / U.S.-China Relations / US Department of State / US-North Korea relations
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I was on BBC television this evening (via the Leeds studio) discussing the North Korean missile launch with Celia Hatton, who, fortunately for me and the BBC, is a veteran ‘China hand’ with years of experience in Beijing. Hatton is now a presenter in London, and she was kind enough to have a discussion with me about the relevant issues prior to going on the air, and also to give me the chance to fully debrief […]

North Korea and Border Crossings in Northeast Asia

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On 17 February, I will be lecturing at the Irish Institute for Korean Studies at University College Cork, a dynamic university in the revolutionary heartland of the Republic of Ireland. The title of the lecture is ‘North Korea and Border Crossings in Northeast Asia.’ The lecture series is sponsored by the One Asia Foundation, and includes a number of notables in the field, including James Lewis of the University of Oxford. Selected Readings:  Suk-Jung Han, ‘From […]

Border Consolidation in Liaoning: From Chen Yun to Xi Jinping

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Borderlands / China / Chinese communist party / Chinese foreign policy / civil war / Cold War History / Korean War / Manchuria / Mao Zedong / North Korean border region / People's Republic of China / Sino-North Korean relations
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For presentation at Leiden University lecture series “Borders: Life on the Edge of Area Studies“, 28 February 2017: For the Chinese Communist Party, the northeastern province of Liaoning today inhabits an odd position on the “One Belt, One Road” strategic line. Stuck with a recalcitrant North Korean neighbour, the CCP is endeavouring to revive the regional economy by reaching beyond various fundamental North Korean blockages and toward Seoul and Incheon, while simultaneously securing the border […]

Borderlands in Asia and Beyond: Readings

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Borderlands / China / North Korean border region / Tibet
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Moving toward a text dealing with the Chinese-Korean border region, I have been catching up on my borderlands studies literature readings, some of which I aim to share in this post and update from time to time. — Adam Cathcart C. Patterson Giersch, “Why Kham? Why Borderlands? Coordinating New Research Programs for Asia,” Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review, E-Journal No. 19 (June 2016), 202-213.  The literature on China’s border space with Tibet (as opposed […]

North Korean Human Rights: Rex Tillerson as Blank Slate

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American Foreign Policy / China / human rights / North Korea / U.S.-China Relations / US Department of State / US-North Korea relations
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Will the Trump administration maintain and extend US pressure on North Korea on the human rights front? Will the Executive Branch aim to extend and intensify US criticism of and dialogue with Chinese counterparts on topics regarding the PRC’s mistreatment, hukou discrimination, imprisonment, and/or refoulement of North Korean refugees? At a 29 November 2016 event at the Bush Library, Senator Lieberman said keeping up the human rights pressure would be logical under Trump, but is far […]

Britain’s Global Cold War: Publications by Alexander Nicholas Shaw

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China / Chinese foreign policy / Cold War History / EU-East Asia relations / Hong Kong / People's Republic of China
REAR ADMIRAL A K SCOTT-MONCRIEFF ASHORE ON KOREAN ISLAND. JUNE 1952, REAR ADMIRAL SCOTT-MONCRIEFF, CB, DSO, FLAG OFFICER SECOND-IN-COMMAND FAR EAST STATION VISITED ONE OF THE ISLANDS WHICH THE BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH NAVIES ARE ENGAGED IN PROTECTING OFF THE WEST COAST OF KOREA. (A 32192) Rear Admiral Scott-Moncrieff, discussing a future operation with an American Army Officer, whilst ashore. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205163090

One of the nice things about my job is that I get to work with some the most talented young historians in the field today. Alexander Shaw is one of those  working and publishing in international history. He is active in archives including the UK ‘Migrated Archives’ and addresses many questions pertinent to readers of this website. His work on British policy towards East & Southeast Asia covers Hong Kong, Singapore, and small but strategically significant […]

Chinese Patterns of Response to North Korean Disasters and Collapse

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

On 29 September, I presented a paper at the Korean National Diplomatic Academy in Seoul. In addition to conversations with members of the ROK Foreign Ministry (my hosts), I also had a chance to meet, debate, and learn from Chinese scholars like Jia Qingguo, Jin Jingyi and Cheng Xiaohe as well as the one and only Bruce Klingner. The full text of my paper is available as a pdf. here: cathcart-paper-for-korea-national-diplomatic-academy-29-september-2016