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Piao Jinhui fever

From the high drama of normalization in the early 1990s, China-South Korea relations progressed steadily over the next two decades. President Roh Tae-woo’s successors, Kim Young-sam (1993-1998), Kim Dae-jung (1998-2003) …

Xi’s missing chapter

When Park Geun-hye arrived in Beijing for her state visit in June 2013, it was not the first time meeting Xi Jinping. Back in 2005, when Xi was a mere …

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Once again, this week it’s difficult to restrain myself in making additional reading recommendations, given all the wonderful books on topics we’ve been discussing. For a history of North Korea’s …

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The best single online source to explore the Cold War in general is the Wilson Center’s Cold War International History Project. And for a helpful chronology of lips and teeth …

Doesn’t love a wall

As we learned in Week 4, the special relationship between the PRC and DPRK was rooted in the soil of anti-Japanese, pro-Communist movements dating back to the 1920s and ‘30s. …

Arduous march

For Kim Il Sung, losing the special relationships with Beijing and Moscow was like the earth losing the sun and moon. As the elderly dictator was groping for a way …

A way out

Pyongyang had received hints and signals from new Chinese leader Jiang Zemin, tapped by Deng in the midst of the 1989 crisis to take over from Zhao Ziyang, as Beijing …

Bad time to go to Pyongyang

1989 was a momentous, watershed year for contemporary China, pitting millions of pro-democracy demonstrators, mostly students, against a stubborn Party leadership, many of whom where in their 70s and 80s. …

Opening up, shutting down

Over the course of the 1980s, the divergence between China and North Korea grew increasingly stark. Deng Xiaoping articulated the essence of his new approach in his famous speech on …

Mending the fence

The tensions between Beijing and Pyongyang in the late 1960s were severe enough to justify labeling it a Sino-Korean split. By 1969, the situation domestically in China reached a breaking …

A great madness

The next great crisis for the PRC-DPRK “lips and teeth” relationship after the Sino-Soviet split came in 1966, when Mao and his radical supporters launched a new wave of mass …

Juche alliance

In the years following the withdrawal of Chinese People’s Volunteers from Korea, a great schism erupted that would divide the Communist world for the next four decades. The so-called “Sino-Soviet …

From war’s ashes

North Korea was left completely leveled by the three years of war from June 1950 to July 1953. If you get the chance to visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War …

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I can think of dozens of books that make fantastic supplementary reading for topics touched upon this week, but I’ll do my best to limit my recommendations to reminding you …

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Not surprisingly, the closer we get to the present, the more online resources there are to explore if you want to go further into topics covered this week. Many of …