May 22, 2024

About the author

John Petrushka

John Petrushka is a contributor based in Washington, D.C., and the creator of the NK Pro View from Jingshan column. He studied Asia and International Affairs at Georgetown University and George Washington University. His other research topics include transitional justice in North Korea.

More articles by 'John Petrushka'

How North Korean aggression and the Taiwan election complicate China-DPRK ties
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How North Korean aggression and the Taiwan election complicate China-DPRK ties

Beijing wants to work with Pyongyang to destabilize US alliances, but doesn’t want an increase in peninsula tensions

How North Korean aggression and the Taiwan election complicate China-DPRK ties
John Petrushka
John Petrushka February 20, 2024
China falling? Why a wary North Korea is monitoring Beijing’s economic woes
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China falling? Why a wary North Korea is monitoring Beijing’s economic woes

China’s slowing exports, depreciation of yuan and political turmoil at top could drive DPRK to reevaluate foreign ties

China falling? Why a wary North Korea is monitoring Beijing’s economic woes
John Petrushka
John Petrushka September 8, 2023
Why US-North Korea talks are more likely now than at any time during pandemic
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Why US-North Korea talks are more likely now than at any time during pandemic

China wants to reverse US security expansion in region, and the best way to do that is pushing DPRK back to dialogue

Why US-North Korea talks are more likely now than at any time during pandemic
John Petrushka
John Petrushka July 10, 2023
This time, China likely won’t care (much) about a North Korean nuclear test
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This time, China likely won’t care (much) about a North Korean nuclear test

Beijing has pressured Pyongyang in past, but changed situation suggest seventh test may even serve China’s interests

This time, China likely won’t care (much) about a North Korean nuclear test
John Petrushka
John Petrushka July 19, 2022
How Yoon Suk-yeol could pursue cooperation with China on North Korea
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How Yoon Suk-yeol could pursue cooperation with China on North Korea

Next South Korean president’s embrace of US risks angering China, but Seoul still has interests that align with Beijing

How Yoon Suk-yeol could pursue cooperation with China on North Korea
John Petrushka
John Petrushka April 19, 2022
In muted Yongbyon response, China signals unwillingness to confront North Korea
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In muted Yongbyon response, China signals unwillingness to confront North Korea

Beijing has declined to criticize the DPRK’s continued nuclear activity, instead blaming the US for Pyongyang’s actions

In muted Yongbyon response, China signals unwillingness to confront North Korea
John Petrushka
John Petrushka December 13, 2021
How Switzerland could help China re-engage North Korea and the world
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How Switzerland could help China re-engage North Korea and the world

China promotes itself as a blueprint for North Korea, but the Swiss model may be more attractive for Kim Jong Un

How Switzerland could help China re-engage North Korea and the world
John Petrushka
John Petrushka October 21, 2021
China-North Korea trade resumes, but it appears less sustainable than ever
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China-North Korea trade resumes, but it appears less sustainable than ever

A rapid rise in exports raises questions about how North Korea is financing trade with China

China-North Korea trade resumes, but it appears less sustainable than ever
John Petrushka
John Petrushka June 1, 2021
How Chinese netizens reacted to North Korea’s contentious ballistic missile test
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How Chinese netizens reacted to North Korea’s contentious ballistic missile test

The missile launch sparked commentary on North Korea not seen on Chinese social media for some time

How Chinese netizens reacted to North Korea’s contentious ballistic missile test
John Petrushka
John Petrushka April 6, 2021
North Korea’s new China ambassador may boost economic cooperation to new heights
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North Korea’s new China ambassador may boost economic cooperation to new heights

Diplomat Ri Ryong Nam was appointed around the same time as a series of reports on increased China-DPRK cooperation

North Korea’s new China ambassador may boost economic cooperation to new heights
John Petrushka
John Petrushka March 18, 2021
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