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Advantage Pyongyang

Richard Lloyd Parry

9 May 2013
The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future 
by Victor Cha.
Bodley Head, 527 pp., £14.99, August 2012, 978 1 84792 236 6
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... any other way. Far from the surrender to extortion which their enemies made them out to be, the engagement projects of the Sunshine Policy were covertly offensive. And they had begun to work, as even VictorCha, an opponent of the policy, has to acknowledge. ‘Choco Pies,’ he writes, tell a larger story of how even the smallest opening can encourage an entrepreneurial spirit … Because of Kaesong ...

Blow-Up

Richard Fortey

2 October 1997
Volcanoes: Crucibles of Change 
by Richard Fisher, Grant Heiken and Jeffrey Hulen.
Princeton, 344 pp., £25, July 1997, 9780691012131
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... cloud which silently spilled over the edge of the lake and sought lower ground, like a heavy morning mist. By the following day seventeen hundred people lay dead in the valley villages of Subum, Cha and Nyos. The corpses of their cattle lay strewn about, surrounded by the motionless bodies of the flies that had plagued them in life. Nothing that needed to breathe survived. What Hadari had ...

How to Kowtow

D.J. Enright: The thoughts of China

29 July 1999
The Chan’s Great Continent: China in Western Minds 
by Jonathan Spence.
Penguin, 279 pp., £20, May 1999, 0 7139 9313 8
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... also the first mention, and ascribed to the Chinese preference for women with small noses and feet), on women prostitutes being often blind, and on tea, ‘a kind of warm water which they call cha ... made from a concoction of somewhat bitter herbs’. Da Cruz concurred with Pereira on the savage treatment of prisoners, and on the commonness of ‘unnatural vice’, adding in mitigation of the ...

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