Keeping China in Check: How North Korea Manages its Relationship with a Superpower

The following essay was published at the China Policy Institute blog, University of Nottingham, on 28 July 2014 (link).  Around the world today, knowing how and when to deflect the will of the Chinese Communist Party seems to be something of a common theme. Beijing’s confidence is manifested at every turn: When one of its top leaders arrives in London, China seems to expect nothing … Continue reading Keeping China in Check: How North Korea Manages its Relationship with a Superpower

Cross-Border Crackdowns

The latest Good Friends intelligence report contains an intriguing item: North Korean police and security forces are cracking down on DVDs of Chinese movies: Crackdown on Illegal Video Films in Pyongsung On September 20, Pyongsung city in South Pyongan Province began a crackdown on illegal video films. In No.24 Unit of Yonbong dong, the investigators raided on two households and confiscated CDs that contained American … Continue reading Cross-Border Crackdowns