North Korea crisis reveals true nature of Russia-China relationship
Many people seem to believe that China and Russia have a close relationship and can work together to solve issues the United States struggles with. But Moscow’s failure to inform Beijing of a U.S. strike in Syria and Russia’s energy exports to North Korea tell a different story.
Scenarios for the stalemate over North Korea
Kim Jong-un continues to provoke the international community, while Beijing and Washington seem powerless to stop the development of North Korea’s nuclear program. The complex web of interests and commitments in the region makes it hard to see a way to defuse the crisis, but it also seems unlikely that Mr. Kim would willingly lead his country down a path that would certainly end his regime.
Kim Jong-nam murder challenges China
For decades, China has put up with the antics of the Kim family in Pyongyang to keep the Korean peninsula divided. But the spectacular murder of dictator Kim Jong-un’s half brother may have stretched Beijing’s patience to the breaking point.
In North Korea, no one wants to stay in heaven
A surge of high-profile defections has struck at the heart of Kim Jong-un’s regime. They contradict Pyongyang’s propaganda, which calls North Korea a “heaven” on earth, and even threaten the dictator’s personal income. Kim Jong-un’s solution? Increasingly brutal methods for punishing the “traitors.”
Kim making a monkey out of China in the Year of the Monkey
The Chinese government must have expected that its trouble-bag of an ally, North Korea’s strongman Kim Jong-un, would pull some attention-grabbing stunt on the occasion of the Chinese and Korean New Year, which started on February 8 this year. Perhaps that was the reason why Wu Dawei, the Chinese foreign ministry special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs,...
Girl bands, revenge and North Korea’s hydrogen bomb
On the morning of January 6, 2016, the people in the Yanbian region of China’s Jilin province felt the earth rumble. Tables and chairs in the buildings moved 20 centimeters. Cracks appeared on the playground at a local school. Students taking an exam hurriedly fled their classroom in search of safety. No one knew what had happened until a few hours later, when the ...
How stable is the North Korean government?
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is in an appalling condition. Not only are its civilians starved, but its armed forces are extremely short of food as well. Soldiers regularly steal food from farmers and even elite border guard troops need to invent ways of feeding themselves. When they began venturing across the border into China in order to thieve money ...