July 11, 2020


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.


The View from Jingshan: China reacts to growing inter-Korean tensions

While Pyongyang, not Seoul, is Beijing's ally, netizens are unsure as to how China should react to recent developments

John Petrushka June 19, 2020

View from Jingshan: Kim Jong Un’s rumored health issues spark interest in China

Despite some likely censorship, there was still speculation on Kim's health on the other side of the Great Firewall

John Petrushka May 7, 2020

View from Jingshan: curiosity about coronavirus in North Korea permeates China

Chinese netizens have bashed Pyongyang's denial of any cases of COVID-19 and its decision to close the Sino-DPRK border

John Petrushka March 17, 2020

The View from Jingshan: In Chinese media, DPRK-U.S. relations get the spotlight

Prospects for Washington-Pyongyang talks followed, while initial silence on the replacement of DPRK foreign minister

John Petrushka January 24, 2020

The view from Jingshan: China reacts to North Korea’s renewed testing

Test launches embarrass trade war enemy Trump, but DPRK volatility also concerns the residents of Chinese border regions

John Petrushka December 11, 2019

The View from Jingshan: anniversary of Sino-DPRK ties passes without a summit

Broader shifts in U.S.-China-North Korea relations influenced Beijing's cautiousness in hosting the DPRK leader again

John Petrushka November 5, 2019

What future investors in the DPRK can learn from China’s reform and opening

Potential opportunities exist, but historical precedent shows risks of expropriation and corruption

John Petrushka August 23, 2019

Crossing the river by feeling the stones: what Pyongyang can learn from Beijing

Current DPRK conditions comparable to pre-reform China, but sanctions likely to limit similar opening

John Petrushka August 12, 2019

“Lips and teeth” on the Taedong: Chinese media coverage of the fifth Xi-Kim summit

State-run outlets sought to balance Beijing's domestic interests with its international goals

John Petrushka June 26, 2019

A shrimp between whales: will North Korea benefit from the U.S.-China trade war?

While the DPRK stands to benefit for now, Sino-U.S. tensions could hamper diplomacy in the long-term

John Petrushka May 24, 2019
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