Why China takes a softly-softly line on North Korea

Written by Astrid Nordin. In the run up to its first party congress since 1980, the North Korean government increased its drive to develop nuclear weapons, raising tensions in the region. This has alarmed and angered neighbouring countries, and particularly China, whose president Xi Jinping made clear at a recent conference that China will not tolerate …

So where does North Korea go from here?

By Steve Tsang, published in Nottingham Post Wednesday December 28, 2011. THE leader of the last totalitarian state, Kim Jong-il, is dead. But this is not the end of near totalitarianism in North Korea or the end of the Kim dynasty. The new leader of North Korea will be Kim’s youngest son, Kim Jong-un, who …

A US overture now may find welcome in Pyongyang

Steve Tsang says Washington should certainly try, given the benefits of success. Published in the South China Morning Post, 23 December 2011. As an unpredictable nuclear power thrashes out a succession strategy for life after Kim Jong-il, the international community grows nervous. But the United  States and its allies have a rare opportunity to present …