New Korean-American Messiah Crosses the Tumen (Updated)

One Free Korea carries a vital and extensive report on the latest international incident on the North Korea-China border: Reuters is reporting that Robert Park, a 28 year-old American, has walked across the Tumen River from China to the North Korean town of Hoeryong, which is infamous for being both the birthplace of Kim Jong Il’s mother and the the town nearest to Camp 22. … Continue reading New Korean-American Messiah Crosses the Tumen (Updated)

Le Monde Reports on Laura Ling and Euna Lee

Le Monde conducts its own investigation of Euna Lee and Laura Ling’s cross-border excursion, arrest by North Korean troops, and the consequent chaotic aftermath among South Korean aid organizations working in Northeast China.  The article, by experienced Asia correspondent Philippe Pons, isn’t laden with bombshells, but it remains nevertheless potentially an important part of the record. Philippe Pons, “Enquête: Deux héroïnes très contestées [Investigation: two … Continue reading Le Monde Reports on Laura Ling and Euna Lee

Chinese Foreign Ministry Statement Refutes Ling & Lee, Defuses Notion of Secret U.S.-North Korea Talks

Prim and businesslike PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu had her work cut out for her today. The reporters in the room were smelling blood — a high-profile editorial by America’s most famous ex-hostages in the L.A. Times asserted that the North Koreans had abducted from Chinese soil.  And this bombshell landed right in the middle of an equally high-profile visit of North Korean Vice-Foreign … Continue reading Chinese Foreign Ministry Statement Refutes Ling & Lee, Defuses Notion of Secret U.S.-North Korea Talks

Fistfuls of Chinese Earth, Breaths of Conspiracy, Fusillades of Propaganda

The Laura Ling/Euna Lee editorial has been partially translated and passed along, virtually without commentary or analysis, on the Daily NK’s Chinese website, which is accessible in China. And the headline is, of course, “we were grabbed from Chinese territory.”   (This has an especially potent ring in Chinese, I might add: “从中国领土抓走,” evoking something sacred about the territory in a nationalist discourse which is the … Continue reading Fistfuls of Chinese Earth, Breaths of Conspiracy, Fusillades of Propaganda

Understanding the CurrentTV / North Korea Fiasco

[Note: In light of the speed of the news and the interest shown in this issue by Danwei readers,  I have followed this post with another, more considered, analysis of the Tumen river fiasco as it continues to impact evolving Sino-North Korean relations.  — Adam Cathcart] Amid the struggle to understand activity on the remote North Korean-Chinese border, few sources are more constant and seemingly … Continue reading Understanding the CurrentTV / North Korea Fiasco

Issues on the North Korea-China Border

I am presently at work on a short essay regarding security at the North Korean-Chinese border with a focus on Onsong, the county where Laura Ling and Euna Lee were arrested/kidnapped/detained/spying/being clueless/whatever.  This involves a careful reading of the new editorial in the LA Times, correcting shoddy translations from the Chinese on the website Daily NK, and referencing long comments made previously on Joshua Stanton’s … Continue reading Issues on the North Korea-China Border

Allegations of Rogue North Korean Agents in Chinese Border Region

A new report from Seoul alleges that North Korean agents have been roving around northeast China looking for defectors and abducting South Koreans in Manchuria who are helping North Korean refugees.  This is fairly explosive stuff, and if true (particularly if publicized within China) would open up a sensitive issue for the Chinese.  It is one thing for the PRC to arrest and detain illegal … Continue reading Allegations of Rogue North Korean Agents in Chinese Border Region