- Feb 16, 2009
you wan to know how f'd up NK is.to a certain degree NKorea has been demonized by the dominant powers and their mouthpieces in the world today. scarcely is there a voice from NK side heard!
up to date the US-led 'world community' is still imposing embargo/sanctions after Korean War ended 50+ years ago. NKorea has to count on its own for self defence in face of the US, SKorea and Japan forces. And famines, collapse of the Eastern Bloc which NK relied on for trading and aids add troubles to its suffocated economy.
Kim Il Sung, the late leader of NK was a commander in Chinese guerrilla against Jap. ferocities during WW2. Koreans were the most steadfast fighters in China's army, weathering the worst environment in isolated Manchuria which had been occupied for 13 years . In the end Chinese resistance force incling Korean legions had to seek refuge across the border in Soviet Union, where Kim Jung Il was born, until the victory in 1945, when Kim Il Sung was able to get back to lead post-war Korea.
Up to date millions of Koreans are living in China as a minority with the highest educational level among 56 ethnic groups!
One of Mao Zedong's sons died in Korean War and was buried there as a warrior evidencing the brotherhood btwn 2 nations.
Ideology (totalitarian blah blah ) has never been decisive in international relationship, but the strategic importance of Korea Penisula that makes N.K. Russia and China come together.
China, to my woe, hasn't really been supportive of N.Korea despite the alliance forged by blood, instead of ideology. Kim may be a dictator. But what does it matter? There're many many dictators in the world - just think about Saudi A. Haiti, or Iraq who were or are the US allies but never 'democracies' . Numerous such examples against US propaganda as a 'democracy advocate'. Never shall we be brain-washed to believe any ideological rhetoric but bear in mind our own interest!
China shall offer more aids for its isolated economy and humanitarian relief, for our own sake, and also for the sake of peace in E. Asia.
that was over 50 years ago.One of Mao Zedong's sons died in Korean War and was buried there as a warrior evidencing the brotherhood btwn 2 nations.
Please be aware that whilst we do the utmost for our tourists you are under very strict regulations as to what you can and cannot do and this is not negotiable. For example; you are not free to wander around on your own, there are photographic restrictions and video cameras are generally prohibited. The main problem is with journalists who have tried to enter the DPRK with us but without informing us of their status. This has led to two serious instances which has got our guides into trouble. WE CANNOT TAKE JOURNALISTS INTO THE DPRK. We therefore ask all journalists to notify us of their position so we can suggest other alternatives.
It is therefore only advisable visiting the DPRK if you can tolerate the following points:
1) In the DPRK you will be under close scrutiny from the guides and security. Use of cameras causes the majority of problems. You can only take a photograph of what the guides allow. The public are obliged to report all photography. Taking photos of soldiers, at check points, poverty, sneaked photos and close ups of people without their express permission will cause serious problems. Photography when being driven around is also restricted. Even what we would interpret as 'day to day' harmless scenes may cause problems. It is too easy to get carried away and think that it is not causing offence or would not put the guides in danger. This is not the case and therefore we ask our tourists to take a very responsible attitude even though it may mean missing the photographic opportunity. If the group gets the confidence of the guides you will have amazing opportunities for photography and you will miss out on very little. DPRK regulations state that you cannot take a lens over 150 mm into the country.
2) Leaving the hotel without the guides or the guides' express permission is not possible. If you are feeling the need for 'a breath of air' then a casual stroll along the river is possible but only if accompanied with a guide. It is possible to stroll in the grounds of the hotel but please ask the guide and do not take your camera.
3) We are 'invited' to the DPRK and therefore we ask our tourists to respect the Koreans and their vision of the Great Leader - this involves bowing at the 20 metre statue on Mansudae and on various other occasions. Chewing gum, eating sweets and wearing scruffy clothing in places of Korean national importance (such as Mansudae statue to Kim Il Sung, the Friendship Exhibition and Manyongdae birthplace of Kim Il Sung) will offend guides.
In all these instances it is the guides that get into trouble and not you. If you are happy just to be taken around the 'system' with all the diatribe and trimmings, then you will have the most amazing experience. If any of the above poses a problem it is advisable not to visit the DPRK as we have too many experiences of seeing guides put in serious trouble by tourists who are not aware of their actions.
Guys, my views are not fundamentally different from yours... I just want to give another angle of observations , or another side of 'truth'-North Korea is communist only in name, it shares none of the trappings of real country, its government is only concerned with maintaining power.
Its people have no opportunity or growth, They live to worship the great leader ( the dead guy ) and his son. And now one of Kim's dozen of so children are taking his place as the head of the communist party. and one day his son will take his place. and the great leader ( the dead guy ) will still be the head of state.
China knows as well as the rest of the world , NK is now F'd up. They just want it to keep America busy.
i don't hate or dis-lake any particular nation or people.Guys, my views are not fundamentally different from yours... I just want to give another angle of observations , or another side of 'truth'-
1) 50+ years of embargo by the US led camp is suffocating its economy and the source of many mishaps for an isolated country
--> economy and communication with the outside world
2) strong military presence of US in SK and Japan, and regular manoeuvres threatening peace in the region - Why does NK keep such a big army?
(Who is keeping China and Russia busy all the time? don't forget we have 0 military base in NK nor any joint manoeuvre!)
3) millions of Korean minority in China in close kinship with NK, and many K cross the borders for aids
4) we never forget who fought along with us -- Kim Il Sung! In the Manchurian forests and snow lands (-40c in temperature sometimes) without supplies from other parts of China.
Rarely was there a Korean traitor to Jap. but many Chinese! During Korean War, China defended NK and ourselves. Otherwise US army could have made inroads to China.
5) don't observe NK in ideological perspective. think more about what's best for the interest of China/Chinese and Korean neighbors!
In my opinion
1) US and NK shall nego for an end of hostility, smattering all shits of 'embargo' and sanctions, and denuclearizing the WHOLE penisula!
2) China shall help NK more - China can't stand aside, saying ah ha, NK, a rotten regime, let it be. INstead China shall positively invest and engage and encourage NK to reform for its own sake and for China's
say, $10b and food and oil aid... nothing to China - why not support NK - as humanitarian relief and development fund?
There're positive signs in NK for change now. For instance NK grants a Chinese ent. franchise for a port development project as gateway to Pacific for NE China.
Instead of condemning or mocking our neighbor China shall help our neighbor out and in the end safeguard our own interest
What I wrote is mostly aboutImagine something, think about how you spend your day, and ask you self how a normal NK person spends his/ her day .
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