Adam Cathcart is Lecturer in Chinese History at the University of Leeds (UK). He has presented policy papers on North Korea’s northern border regions to the UK Foreign Office, Chatham House, and the Korea Economic Institute of America, and published many academic journal articles on the Chinese-North Korean border, including in Korean Studies and Journal of Cold War History. Adam Cathcart is also the editor of SinoNK.com, an online journal, and can can be followed on Twitter @adamcathcart.
While China is frequently assumed to have a number of “levers” it could use to control North Korea, in fact, its policies across the board—from security to economics—are much more
North Korea’s test of a hydrogen bomb and subsequent launch of a satellite have again placed the onus on China to exert greater pressure on its erstwhile ally. A key