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

Report of North Korean Military Buildup along the Jilin Border

10,000 More North Korean Troops Along Chinese Frontier The Daily NK quotes sources inside North Korea indicating that the Korean People’s Army will, for the next six months, be building up its forces in Ryanggang province around the large border city of Hyesan. A total of 10,000 new troops are expected.  According to the source, talk in the DPRK has it that the moves are … Continue reading Report of North Korean Military Buildup along the Jilin Border

Tonghua Protests Part of Larger Systemic Issue — The Smashing of the Iron Rice Bowl

A private CONCERN China Daily 26 Aug 2009 Jonah M. Kessel After following one family tradition by joining the military in 1990, Fu Linxue did it again three years later when he started work at the Linzhou Iron and Steel plant in Henan province. For the 39-year-old, it was the logical choice….read more… Tech Tags: China Daily newspaper INSIGHT Continue reading Tonghua Protests Part of Larger Systemic Issue — The Smashing of the Iron Rice Bowl

Violence in Xinjiang: The View from Linjiang City, Jilin / 临江市

Views of Xinjiang violence from other ethnic zones Often lost in the shuffle of news reports about Xinjiang is inter-minority relations; that is to say, how do various other Chinese minorities, or shaoshu minzu / 少数民族 view the actions in Xinjiang?  This would seem to be a consequential question for the CCP and for foreign observers who prognosticate future fragmentation for the PRC.  After all, … Continue reading Violence in Xinjiang: The View from Linjiang City, Jilin / 临江市