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  1. Quotes of the week

    Posted Jul 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... It doesn't start with someone saying, 'OK, we're going to abandon communism.' It starts in smaller ways like this An analyst on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's appearances [Hong Kong] media enjoy greater freedom than on the mainland, in Taiwan or in Singapore. They should defend it to the death Taiwanese author Kenneth Pai Hsien-yung, at the Book Fair ...

  2. Seoul vows on peace and free-trade deal

    Posted Jan 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the chief ally of North Korea, has been urged by the international community to deter Pyongyang from taking provocative actions. The transition of power from Kim Jong-il to his son, Kim Jong-un, has ... on the negotiation of a free-trade deal. The pledges came at the start of his three-day trip to Beijing- the first high-level summit between the countries since the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il ...

  3. Why no one wants regime change in North Korea

    Posted Jun 17th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... With North Korean ruler Kim Jong-il in failing health and his third son, Kim Jong-un, now confirmed as heir apparent, having reportedly visited Beijing earlier this month to meet President Hu Jintao, expectations are growing that a change in North Korea's leadership is imminent. Little is known about the younger Mr Kim. But although Pyongyang watchers in neighbouring ...

  4. Letters

    Posted Aug 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... But has the coming of Kim Jong-un changed all that? At a meeting with Wang Jiarui of China's Communist Party Central Committee, Kim is reported to have said, 'Developing the economy ... Kim should admit relief agencies North Korea is again asking for humanitarian aid as the country reels from the effects of devastating floods. Several relief agencies and the UN ...

  5. A state of total dependence

    Posted Dec 12th 2010, 12:00am by Andrew Salmon

    ... mendacity has run right out of road.' Kim Jong-il and his third son and apparent successor, Kim Jong-un, are not the only cards in Beijing's pack. In the late 1950s, China granted asylum ... was on display on Thursday, when Kim Jong-il hosted talks with State Councillor Dai Bingguo , at which they reportedly reached a 'consensus' on the increasingly fragile Korean peninsula. ...

  6. 'Spoiled child' strains relations

    Posted Dec 12th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... China's potential leverage over the North Korean regime led by Kim Jong-il and heir apparent Kim Jong-un is evident at the busy bridge over the Yalu River, with goods worth millions of US dollars ...

  7. Meeting Mr Kim

    Posted Nov 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Nick Ryan

    ... Nick Ryan by Jennifer Barclay Summersdale HK$120 Burned out, rootless, lost: it begins with a familiar premise. Like others of its ilk, Meeting Mr Kim is part journey through a landscape ... with a young fisherwoman, sharing her house and meals, forging a bond that is more than language deep. Her encounter with the eponymous Mr Kim, a keen English speaker and walker who is both hospitable ...

  8. Reality, sans politics

    Posted Aug 21st 2009, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... of calling Stalinist, hardline communist or just plain oppressive has long been on my 'to do' list. Alas, media types are distrusted by Dear Leader Kim Jong-il's regime and are rarely ... eaten and the terms 'American imperialists' and 'Great Leader Comrade Kim Il-sung' (Kim Jong-il's father) tripped easily off tongues. There was no internet and mobile ...

  9. Talking points

    Posted Jun 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... School of Government. Zoellick, who was nominated for the World Bank post by US President George W. Bush in 2007, will be replaced by Jim Yong Kim (left), a Korean-born American, who won ...

  10. Bold new steps needed on North Korea

    Posted Jul 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... With the era of Kim Jong-il coming to an end, matters are tense. But change can mean opportunity. A fresh start, backed by a fresh approach from the region, is sorely needed. ...




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