March 29, 2023

Media blackout: fugitives and shields at the Kim-Xi Summit

Beijing took great pains to protect the North Korean leader and ensure talks went smoothly

When information is scarce and risks are high, even responsible stakeholders can start to act like fugitives.

Chinese officials burned plenty of energy these past few days dodging foreign reporters who were trying to get answers to the most basic questions - some of which were later answered, in part, with the announcement that negotiations were indeed taking place over core issues in the bilateral relationship between Beijing and Pyongyang.