It was disappointing, if unsurprising, that China failed to condemn North Korea in the wake of the Cheonan incident. And while everyone who isn’t a DPRK ally seems to agree that the presence of pieces from a North Korean torpedo amidst the ship’s wreckage might indicate guilt, China’s skepticism and, moreover, unwillingness to threaten its own ally is understandable.
But if North Korea is going to shoot Chinese citizens in Chinese territory, how much longer can this relationship last? The “investigation” process is underway, but you can bet that behind closed doors Beijing is pretty miffed about this, given how much they’ve done for the DPRK in the past few months. Regardless of whether the three men shot dead were engaged in illegal trade, they were Chinese citizens, on Chinese soil.
The DPRK only has three neighbors, and in the past few months, it has killed people from two of them on their own soil ((I’m counting “territorial waters” as soil here for the purposes of the sentence sounding cool.)). How much more shielding can they expect from allies whose citizens they are murdering?
- ChinaGeeks Chinese has a new post up: 书评：中国权威资本主义摧毁了西方价值体系
- If you’re a foreigner living in China (or who has in the past), head over to china/divide and answer some questions for us in this survey (scroll down). I’m not sure how many people will take it seriously, but if enough do, we might learn something interesting.
- Apologies for the recent lack of updates and substantial posts. Posting will continue to be light for the next week or so, as I am embroiled in the tiresome process of uprooting my life and switching countries (again). Starting next Tuesday, expect few or no updates for a week, and potentially longer: I’m moving to Beijing, but I have no job ((I do have some interviews lined up, but if you know of jobs for foreigners in media, journalism, translation, writing, marketing, or basically anything that isn’t teaching English, please let me know!)) and no apartment yet. I won’t rent an apartment before I find a job, and even once I find an apartment, it will likely take a little time to get an internet connection set up. I may occasionally check in via internet cafe, but I enjoy having functional lungs, so I try to minimize the time I spend in those places.
The other reason there have been fewer updates recently is that I’m working on another ChinaGeeks-related project, which I’m still not quite ready to announce. Expect to hear something about that shortly after I arrive in China, though, if not before then.
Anyway, as previously stated, there will be updates between now and when I leave; just wanted to give everyone an early heads up. We do have a great post from K. Drinhausen coming up soon so stay tuned for that!