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22 Sep 2017
China is implementing the sanctions [on North Korea] with unprecedented rigor and determination. But does that mean everything is being followed through completely? Not necessarily. The Washington Post

Michael Kovrig

Senior Adviser, North East Asia
3 Sep 2017
China sees sanctions as punishment for bad behaviour rather than an effective means of achieving disarmament [of North Korea]. Financial Times

Michael Kovrig

Senior Adviser, North East Asia
10 Aug 2017
[Frustration] has created space for a wider policy debate in China, between those who think China has to stand behind North Korea and those who call for abandoning it and cooperating more with the U.S. The Washington Post

Michael Kovrig

Senior Adviser, North East Asia
6 Jul 2017
Chinese analysts continue to argue that no amount of pressure, short of what might cause a collapse, will bring North Korea to denuclearize. The Washington Post

Michael Kovrig

Senior Adviser, North East Asia
15 May 2017
China is putting a lot of capital and institutional effort behind the Belt and Road. But it’s not going to reshape Asia in a few years. It will take a couple of decades to assess the impact, if China sticks with it. The Washington Post

Michael Kovrig

Senior Adviser, North East Asia
14 May 2017
The main significance of [China's Belt and Road Forum] is optics: Making Xi Jinping look presidential and effective at home and making China look rich and powerful on the world stage. Bloomberg

Michael Kovrig

Senior Adviser, North East Asia

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