Chinese Aid to Flood-Hit Areas in North Korea

The PRC’s National Day (1 October) celebrations were muted in Pyongyang, but they did provide an opportunity for Li Jinjun, the Chinese Ambassador to North Korea, to make a few remarks. Reading the rhetoric for such occasions is often not terribly useful; North Korean speakers are not there to announce a change in bilateral policy, nor is their purpose to reveal much of anything by … Continue reading Chinese Aid to Flood-Hit Areas in North Korea

Lux Sinica: China’s Civilizing Influence in North Korea

It takes more than a few days, or perhaps a few weeks, to sift through all the reports, speculation, and rumors surrounding Kim Jong Il’s “new deal” with China.  At the end of the day, though, it seems that a single question aids in interpreting the phenomenon: To what extent has Kim Jong Il’s visit to China spurred the North Korean regime to embrace even … Continue reading Lux Sinica: China’s Civilizing Influence in North Korea

Sino-NK Stories to Watch

Now that China and North Korea have gotten their stories (mostly) straight about Kim Jong Il’s five-day trip to northeast China, a small mountain of evidence exists which is worth analyzing.  Visions on the First Day of Class In Pyongyang, KCNA is now promoting a new story about the year 1960 describing how young Kim Jong Il (all of 19 at the time) started the … Continue reading Sino-NK Stories to Watch

North Korea Nuggets

Lots of scuttlebutt on the Kim Jong Il in China front, but hey!  Heed these two little lines which no else seems to be talking about… 1. Kim Jong Il is not on the way to the PRC, but instead he met today with the Chinese ambassador in Pyongyang!  (News from the Chinese Embassy in Pyongyang)  Fortunately Chinese netizens are commenting already, reminding everyone that … Continue reading North Korea Nuggets

Currency Vortex: China Blasts North Korea for Mercantile Chaos

Recent days have been bleeding into one another, swiftly, with a kind of inexorable momentum that allows for little reflection of the past.   Nowhere does this seem more true than in recent news about North Korea, and the Chinese view of the DPRK. Just when China seems to have settled things down and made nice with the North, to the apparent disappointment of Washington, Pyongyang … Continue reading Currency Vortex: China Blasts North Korea for Mercantile Chaos

Pyongyang to Honored Chinese Guests: Thanks for Leaving!

It’s a fairly unusual day at the Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang when they have to emphasize that a large delegation of Chinese leaders are leaving the country. Pyongyang, November 26 (KCNA) — Col. General Liang Guanglie, minister of National Defense who doubles as a state councilor of the People’s Republic of China, flew back home Thursday. Leaving with him were Col. General Huang … Continue reading Pyongyang to Honored Chinese Guests: Thanks for Leaving!