December 11, 2019

Beyond the bridges of Dandong: politics, corruption, and sanctions enforcement
Observers could learn more by focusing on local politics and less on bridge-watching
Let us forget, for a moment, about the bridges in Dandong. Although these twin ribbons of cross-border infrastructure are an almost magnetic means of gauging the quality of the Chinese-North Korean relationship at any given moment, they can also be an impediment to seeing clearly what is swirling around and between their foundations. The shutting off of a few days’ worth of lorry traffic