Dandong Discourse: China-DPRK Trade Fair, and Rumblings in Xinchengqu

Historians have surely seen better days between the Chinese Communist Party and the Kim-centric Workers’ Party of [North] Korea, but business continues apace today in the borderland. The main item seen in the past few weeks (i.e., something “new” that hasn’t yet made it yet into our wonderful Anglophone discourse) is the subject of today’s post. And the news is that the China-DPRK Trade Fair and Culture/Tourism Expo … Continue reading Dandong Discourse: China-DPRK Trade Fair, and Rumblings in Xinchengqu

Questions on the Sino-North Korea Front

As 2011 rumbles on, I hope that our collective enterprise can, at the very least, make some headway on the following questions: South Korea Why did I not know about the Wall Street Journal’s “Korea Real Time” blog until today?  (Thank you Joshua Stanton!) Is China engaging in what Chairman Mao (in his famous 1972 comment to Richard Nixon) called a strategy of “empty cannon … Continue reading Questions on the Sino-North Korea Front

Sino-Korean Relations Controversy in the Chinese Press

The premier Anglophone Korea blog, the Marmot’s Hole, recently carried an extensive debate about South Korea-PRC tensions over Kim Jong Il’s visit.  The long comments thread is absolutely worth a read, as a Huanqiu Shibao editorial comes into greater focus. While the Marmot’s debate was informative — among other things, I learned that Huanqiu Shibao [ 环球时报] is called 환구시보 in Korean– no one, as … Continue reading Sino-Korean Relations Controversy in the Chinese Press

Northeast Asia — Readings from the Bunker

The American state of Ohio has more libraries and colleges than pre-war Iraq had suspected chemical weapons facilities.  There, on the cusp of the American northeast, young analysts of East Asia hammer out academic credentials in the secret stacks and labs of the Buckeye State, protected in huge concrete bibliotek-bunkers from the prying eyes of unmanned aerial drones which President Bush warned of one mushroom-cloud-dreaming … Continue reading Northeast Asia — Readings from the Bunker

Competing Visions of Japan on the Huanqiu BBS

Huanqiu Shibao’s BBS world isn’t necessarily representative of the upper crust of netizen opinion, but, since, as China Digital Times reminds us, the internet is becoming increasingly Chinese, it behooves us to get any glimpse into the yawning nooks and immense creaking crannies of 爱国网民活动. Today’s foray brings two threads into competition: a long missive on the Japanese assassination of Korean Queen Min in 1894 … Continue reading Competing Visions of Japan on the Huanqiu BBS

PRC Media on Inter-Korean Talks / Huanqiu Netizens vs. Human Rights Street Performance

China is sometimes accused of desiring something less than success for South Korean ventures in North Korea.   From such a perspective, industrial zones like Kaesong portend a South Korean takeover of North Korean industry (presupposing Korean unification) or imply that eastern Jilin province would lose every bit of South Korean won.   (The latter course presupposes that South Koreans could go to Paektusan via … Continue reading PRC Media on Inter-Korean Talks / Huanqiu Netizens vs. Human Rights Street Performance

Self-Regard and Foreign News in Today’s Chinese Press

By “today’s Chinese press,” I mean today’s (December 28th-29th). So let’s get on with it: 1. Dr. Kim will take your questions One of the big questions we all should have as we communicate outwardly with this great medium of online technology, is: does the internet really serve as a connector and knowledge facilitator, or does its use just drive us more inward, rendering societies … Continue reading Self-Regard and Foreign News in Today’s Chinese Press

China Foreign Affairs News Roundup

Sino-Korean Relations 1. KCNA does what it can to evoke a united front with China, from recalling Kim Il Song’s 1930s mantra about unity with the Chinese people to reporting that guerrilla leader Zhou Baozhong’s daughter sent a wreatth to Kim Jong Suk’s tomb.  These are both legit! 2. SBS, a Korean television station, reported on the discovery of Cao Cao’s tomb in Henan. 3. … Continue reading China Foreign Affairs News Roundup