Daily Archives: September 3, 2009
Part of any move to normalize relations with North Korea is going to necessarily entail putting to rest, or at least setting aside, the issue of war crimes and Korean War atrocities. This article in the New York Times is a long-overdue assessment of the work of South Korea’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Fortunately, the […]
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 […]
It appears that these photos were taken on May 15, but recently put on the Global Times website. The site also includes photos of a concert for the troops in Shenyang.
Edward Wong reports on the latest upsurge of Han nationalism in Urumuqi, again prompted by a rumor.
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 […]
Sometimes an item will soar up from incoherent babble of the Internet, and shine in a fashion that is so exceedingly incoherent, so counterfactual, so cognitively dissonant, that it actually becomes beautiful. In researching a post I’ve been cogitating on and drafting for a few days now about prostitution in Hyesan, I found something that […]