August 17, 2022

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.

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Analysis

Why China censored Kim Jong Un coma rumors and staged a lag on false information

Beijing's censorship might be a good faith effort in stopping rumors — or it might be an attempt to cover something up

John PetrushkaJohn PetrushkaSeptember 3, 2020
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North Korea’s first suspected COVID-19 case sparks joy and censorship in China

Some Chinese netizens are mocking the DPRK on Weibo, while others are suspiciously contributing pro-North narratives

John PetrushkaJohn PetrushkaJuly 31, 2020
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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 PetrushkaJohn PetrushkaJune 19, 2020
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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 PetrushkaJohn PetrushkaMay 7, 2020
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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 PetrushkaJohn PetrushkaMarch 17, 2020
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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 PetrushkaJohn PetrushkaJanuary 24, 2020
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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 PetrushkaJohn PetrushkaDecember 11, 2019
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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 PetrushkaJohn PetrushkaNovember 5, 2019
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Analysis

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 PetrushkaJohn PetrushkaAugust 23, 2019
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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 PetrushkaJohn PetrushkaAugust 12, 2019