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North Korea Relations More Complex Than Ever

Amidst speculation earlier this year over whether China is finally growing frustrated with their longtime ally North Korea, Cary Huang at South China Morning Post explains that regional diplomacy in the area is a complex affair...

North Korean Defectors Find No Safety in China

China’s longstanding refusal to recognize North Korean refugees comes under new scrutiny in a New York Times Op-Doc video, “Escape from North Korea”. Ann Shin’s documentary reveals the perils that North...

North Korea Sends Envoy to Beijing

North Korea has sent a high-level envoy to Beijing in an apparent effort to patch up tense relations as international pressure mounts over Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. From the New York Times: The envoy, Vice Marshal...

North Korea Holds Chinese Fishing Boat For Ransom

China’s foreign ministry disclosed on Sunday that North Korea took over a Chinese fishing boat earlier this month and continues to hold its crew hostage, according to Chris Buckley of The New York Times: The vessel’s...

Why is China Still Friends With N. Korea Anyway?

North Korea’s annual saber-rattling has long frustrated the world, and has also made the belligerent nation an international laughingstock. When the country stepped-up its threatening rhetoric last month, western media...

Korea in Chinese History: Stuck in the Middle

While China’s role in the stand-off on the Korean peninsula is generally viewed in terms of recent Cold War history, Jeremiah Jenne explains at The Economist’s Banyan blog that it also has much older and deeper...

Why China Loves ‘The Daily Show’

After another escalation of provocative rhetoric from North Korea, Jon Stewart mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the country’s clear use of photoshop in propaganda on the April 2 episode of The Daily Show. The...

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