The rise in North Korea-China relations and what it means for 2021

Despite the pandemic, indicators show that the DPRK-PRC relationship continues to growFind out what that means for your work today.

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The following NK PRO team members authored the review:
Colin Zwirko,  Senior Analytic Correspondent (NK PRO)
 
Colin Zwirko is Korea Risk Group's Senior Analytic Correspondent and focuses on a range of subjects including diplomatic affairs, DPRK infrastructure, and trade issues. Furthermore, he is a satellite imagery specialist and produces regular work in this area.

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While a reputation for opaqueness makes the DPRK ‘unknowable’ to many, there is now more information than ever circulating about the country.

But identifying the key signals – where one statement, leadership change, or weapons test can change the course of the future – is becoming more challenging by the day. 

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NK PRO is managed and staffed by a team of Korea and regional experts. They each have their own area of expertise and come from a range of supporting backgrounds, including military, foreign affairs, non-governmental agencies, and academia. 

While a reputation for opaqueness makes the DPRK ‘unknowable’ to many, there is now more information than ever circulating about the country.

But identifying the key signals – where one statement, leadership change, or weapons test can change the course of the future – is becoming more challenging by the day. 

NK PRO cuts through this growing noise to serve those needing quality, reliability and timeliness the most: the people on the frontlines of policy, business and research.

NK Pro is managed and staffed by a team of Korea and regional experts. They each have their own area of expertise and come from a range of supporting backgrounds, including military, foreign affairs, non-governmental agencies, and academia. 

Decades of combined expertise

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Chad O'Carroll, Founder, Korea Risk Group (NK PRO/NK News)
 
Chad O’Carroll is the founder of NK News, a North Korea specialized news, information and data service that serves researchers, academics and business people around the world. He has extensive research experience working on DPRK issues and has briefed dozens of governments on North Korea's foreign policy and economic goals around the world.
Min Chao Choy, Data Correspondent, NK News/NK PRO
 
Min Chao Choy is a data correspondent for NK News and NK PRO, currently based in Seoul with a focus on trade, shipping and aviation-related issues. Every week, Choy monitors DPRK-PRC trade data and regularly writes on developments in the changing trade relations of the two countries. She was previously at a news wire covering Asia/Oceania and Cybersecurity.

To understand how far China-DPRK relations have come since the summits of 2018 and 2019, NK PRO has conducted a special three-part review of all that’s known in the open-source. Overall, analysis of a wide range of indicators suggests momentum between the two allies will continue to grow after COVID-19 passes, with likely significant consequences for the future of both American and South Korean diplomacy.

Part One focuses on the bilateral statements, rhetoric and pledges in action

Part Two focuses on a review of customs and shipping data 

Part Three provides a satellite imagery overview of key borderlands infrastructure developments

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