Archive for April 1st, 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013

A Punitive Expedition to the Central Party School: Deng Yuwen suspended

Deng Yuwen (邓聿文), deputy editor (associate senior editor of Study Times) of Study Times (学习时报), the journal of the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China, wrote an opinion for the Financial Times on February 27 this year, arguing that China should abandon North Korea. Quoting South Korean Chosun Ilbo, the BBC‘s Mandarin website reports that Deng has been suspended from his function as deputy editor for an indefinite period. In a telephone interview with Chosun Ilbo, Deng reportedly said that the foreign ministry had sent a “punitive expedition” (兴师问罪) to the CCP Party School because of his article. He was still on the payroll, but didn’t know when he would be given another post.

It’s doesn’t read like complete ostracism – and it would spell unequal treatment of academics if it turns out to be a real purge. After all, a fortnight earlier than Deng, on February 13, Shen Dingli (沈丁立), director of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University, published a much more strongly-worded article with Foreign Policy, and apparently faces no problems as a result. Then again, even if showing off rightful indignation at Pyongyang, Shen had still hedged his bets:

Let’s face it: China has reached a point where it needs to cut its losses and cut North Korea loose.


China likely handles North Korea with kid gloves because it fears what would happen if the regime collapsed. If things turned bad, tens if not hundreds of thousands of refugees could flee across the border, destabilizing parts of northeastern China. North Korea’s eventual reunification with South Korea might lead to a democratic U.S. ally with the potential for tens of thousands of U.S. and Korean troops […]

You get the picture.

Besides, the Party School may be deemed too close to the center of political power to allow their authors and editors to speak their (individual, maybe) views freely – on sensitive issues, anyway.

When reached by phone on Monday (apparently by the South China Morning Post / SCMP), Deng declined to confirm his suspension.



» Qiao Xinsheng: Not China’s firewall, Sino-NK, Feb 17, 2013
» Oppose the Scarlet Letters, Sep 5, 2010
» 邓聿文简介, Ifeng/Phoenix, date unspec.



» Ohne Fehl und Tadel, dFC, 03.04.13
» Beijing steht zur Brandmauer, dFC, 02.04.13


Monday, April 1, 2013

North Korea: “Not much left”

As of now, inter-Korea relations enter a state of war and all matters between the two Koreas will be handled according to wartime protocol, Radio Australia quoted North Korean newsagency KCNA on March 30.

According to KCNA (March 29), North Korean leader Kim Jong-un told an operation meeting that if the U.S. imperialists

make a reckless provocation with huge strategic forces, the KPA should mercilessly strike the U.S. mainland, their stronghold, their military bases in the operational theaters in the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam, and those in south Korea.

But in that particular KCNA article online (there were several more articles on March 29 which may be different), no specific mention seems to be made of a state of war.

They’ve got not much left in their bluff cabinet, former Australian ambassador to South Korea, Mack Williams, told Australian broadcaster ABC (second video there).

If there should be all-out war will, of course, depend on South Korea (“military provocation”), according to KCNA as quoted by Radio Australia.

Sino-NK, focused on North Korea and its relations with China, is no news website, but will probably post observations and analysis some time this week.



» 朝鲜劳动党进行高层人事改组, BBC, April 1, 2013
» CC plenary meeting, NK Leadership Watch, March 31, 2013


Monday, April 1, 2013

Shortwave Log, Northern Germany, February/March 2013


When you switch on a shortwave receiver in central Europe these days and scan the bands, chances are that you will get to hear a Chinese, a Mid-Eastern, or a religious broadcaster first (in that order, probably). When it comes to Chinese stations, many of them are actually domestic broadcasters. China still relies on shortwave for some of its domestic radio, but this also seems to be a handy way to jam broadcasts from outside China more casually than with the more obvious Firedrake approach.

Among the religious broadcasters, some are merely about religion, some include coverage on current affairs (like Vatican Radio), and some are state broadcasters, but religious anyway – after all, state and religion aren’t separate in countries like Iran or Saudi-Arabia).

Semi-automatic: KTWR QSL, 1986

Tape drives: KTWR QSL, 1986

KTWR Guam is a merely religious broadcaster, operated by Trans World Radio (TWR), an international protestant missionary radio network. It was officially inaugurated on December 17, 1977, but had started broadcasting for Asia and Oceania on September 4 that year. Their initial target area was China. Although the northern Marianas, among them Guam, have seen a lot of typhoons, in 1983, 1990, 1992, 2002, and 2006, it usually only took the operators a few days to get back on air, writes Hans-Jörg Biener, a theologian (and a shortwave listener) in Nuremberg. Staff had been continuously reduced, Biener wrote in 2007, and only six employees still lived in the place by 2007. At times, Guam had also been a site for program production.


Recent Logs

International Telecommunication Union letter codes used in the table underneath:
AFS – South Africa; AUS – Australia; CHN – China; CUB – Cuba; GRC – Greece,  GUM – Guam; IND – India; KRE – North Korea; PHL – Philippines; NZL – New Zealand.

Languages (“L.”):
C – Chinese; E – English; F– French; G – Greek.









Radio New
NZL E Feb 20 18:15 5 5 4
12015 Vo Korea KRE E Feb 27 18:00 3 4 3
  3950 PBS
CHN C Mar 30 23:15 4 3 3
  5040 RHC
CUB F Mar 2 01:30 4 3 3
  6000 RHC
CUB E Mar 3 04:00 4 3 3
17605 CNR CHN C Mar 3 07:30 3 4 3
11535 Vo Korea KRE E Mar 8 19:00 3 3 3
  7550 AIR Delhi
IND E Mar 16 17:45 5 5 4
15225 KTWR
GUM E Mar 18 14:00 5 5 4
15235 Channel
AFS F Mar 18 16:46 5 5 4
15235 Channel
AFS E Mar 18 17:00 5 5 4
  9545 VoA Tinang PHL C Mar 19 22:08 4 3 3
15340 HCJB AUS E Mar 26 14:45 4 4 4
15630 ERT Athens GRC G Mar 26 15:00 4 5 4
  9600 Vatican
 PHL C Mar 26 22:00 4 5 4



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