South Korean protesters wearing masks (from left) of President Xi Jinping, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin rally against their government’s defence policy near the US Embassy in Seoul, on August 12. Photo: EPA

How Chinese imports are propping up North Korea’s nuclear goals

Donald Kirk says China may not like to see Pyongyang as a nuclear power but it is helping its economy, otherwise facing imminent collapse, by violating UN trade sanctions amid outrage over the US-South Korea THAAD deal

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South Korean protesters wearing masks (from left) of President Xi Jinping, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin rally against their government’s defence policy near the US Embassy in Seoul, on August 12. Photo: EPA
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Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk is an author and journalist from Washington, D.C., and travels to South Korea, with stops in London, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines, among other places, writing on the confrontation of forces in the post-September 11 era. He was the Seoul correspondent for the International Herald Tribune from 1997 to 2003. Before gravitating to Northeast Asia, he covered much of the Vietnam War for the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Star. He has also written books on Korea, notably Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine and Korean Dynasty: Hyundai and Chung Ju Yung.