November 17, 2019

North Korea: The house that Mao helped to build
Many of North Korea's worst excesses derive from its Maoist roots
Chinese officials, in both Washington and Beijing, tend to shake their heads in feigned disbelief and cite the Mandarin phrase “mei banfa” (沒辦法) when speaking about their petulant North Korean ally.  This term loosely means “no way” or “nothing can be done.” It also, however, gives the implication of releasing the speaker from any responsibility for an obviously messed-up