The Bush/Jintao Quiet Understanding?
There's so much more going on beneath the NK surface. Suddenly, and in contrast to two generations of direct propaganda, Kim Il Sung is no longer being officially deified.
An Update on the North Korean Situation from a Reader in Japan
Friday morning (9:00 A.M. Japan time)a news/current events dicussion program on the Asahi network (affiliated with the Asahi Shimbun) is talking about a North Korean flyer they say they have acquired that is titled The Ten Great Lies of Kim Father and Son. So, it's no longer just the Sankei Shimbun.
TOKYO, Nov. 16 - Portraits of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Il, have been quietly taken down this fall in important institutions in the country's capital, Pyongyang, several diplomats there say.I wouldn't expect any of this to take place without China's blessing, as NK is a border state to them and their interest is in accordance with reality. So we have a situation where:
Analysts are debating the reasons, with explanations that range from a demotion of North Korea's "Dear Leader" to a simple desire to place the portraits in more ornate frames.
- A quiet coup is already underway
- It began immediately after Bush's re-election
- China likely approved and/or implemented it
UPDATE: Also of note, Colin Powell's last major act as Secretary Of State: effectively disavowing US support for Taiwan for now. In return for ... what? Cuz a statement like that sure didn't come for free.