April 09, 2020

Music, diplomacy, and dictatorship: North Korean concerts in Beijing
More important than the optics were the meetings that took place on the sidelines

A North Korean musical delegation has now concluded nearly a week of residency in Beijing, a visit which resulted in one of the more sustained interactions we have seen in recent years between the leading members of China’s Politburo and Central Committee and the Korean Workers’ Party.

There are, consequently, a number of Kremlinological-type data points to be