The coping strategies that small Chinese firms operating in North Korea have chosen involve insinuating themselves into North Korean political and social networks, and structuring their investments so as to minimize their exposure to North Korean infrastructure, workers, and institutions. As a result, it is unlikely that Chinese firms will be the main drivers of market transformation in North Korea.
Chinese Firms’ Troubled Relationship with Market Transformation in North Korea
Justin V. Hastings is an Associate Professor in International Relations and Comparative Politics at the University of Sydney, Australia. He is the author of No Man’s Land: Globalization, Territory and Clandestine Groups in Southeast Asia (Cornell University Press, 2010) and A Most Enterprising Country: North Korea in the Global Economy (Cornell University Press, 2016). Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Yaohui Wang is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA. Research for this paper was supported by the Australian Research Council (grant DP140102098) and the University of Sydney. Email: <email@example.com>.
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Justin V. Hastings, Yaohui Wang; Chinese Firms’ Troubled Relationship with Market Transformation in North Korea. Asian Survey 1 August 2017; 57 (4): 618–640. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2017.57.4.618
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