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first_imgAnalysis & Opinion Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center By Daily NK – 2011.12.19 9:29am Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Analysis & Opinion SHARE Deaths Leave More Questions than Answers Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”center_img Analysis & Opinion RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Analysis & Opinion tweet AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Amid the many facets of theNorth Korean tilt toward China, tourism and cross-border business ties have taken on particularly important roles. The money that these legal activities bring into North Korean coffers is, no doubt, significant to Pyongyang, but more importantly, tourism and business links are employed to assure Beijing that North Korea is serious about the prospect of “opening up” towards China. When Chinese businessmen are cheated by North Korean partners or Chinese tourists suffer while inside North Korea, the fallout has the possibility to become severe. Given free rein, China’s online nationalism could very easily be aimed at North Korea. Simply because Chosun Central News Agency (KCNA) and Xinhua journalists are exchanging delegations and writing more happy dispatches than usual about one another does not preclude a public relations rupture. On November 26th, recent bilateral cooperation on tourism faced its most serious challenge to date when two busses carrying Chinese tourists and businessmen crashed successively on a road outside of Pyongyang, resulting in the deaths of seven Chinese nationals and three North Koreans. Fearing harm to sensitive bilateral ties, the authorities in Beijing suppressed elaboration and discussion of the incident in the official Chinese news media. According to reports published by the PRC embassy in Pyongyang,the two busloads of Chinese were 60 km outside of Pyongyang when “rain which had frozen on the road” caused the first bus containing seventeen Chinese businessmen to plunge off of a bridge, and the second bus to lose control and flip over. The Chinese Embassy noted that “many local cars have also had an accident at the same spot,” a somewhat incongruous explanation given the lack of automobile traffic in North Korea. A few online Chinese discussion sites like Sohu.com gave vent to complaints of corruption, alleging that the delegation of seventeen Chinese businessmen involved in the crash had had its expenses paid out of public funds. The major Chinese media outlets uniformly reproduced the Embassy’s terse original press release, a good indication that further reporting, investigation, or elaboration on the incident was expressly forbidden by Beijing. The Chinese Embassy provided no photographs or video of the crash site, but a short television clip released on China Central Television contained a brief statement by an Embassy spokesman, and the Embassy’s release of the information immediately on its website were both indicators of at least a limited degree of Chinese autonomy, or willingness to advocate for its own citizens, within North Korea. A SinaWeibo news microblog item on the incident garnered more than 480 comments from Chinese netizens. One user from Liaoning province complained that the North Koreans would probably offer another 1000 RMB per victim, as they did, to much mainland scorn, after the shooting last June 4th of Chinese citizens near Dandong. Others commentators were incredulous at the notion that heavy vehicle traffic had helped to cause the accident, and speculated, without being censored, that the incident had been murder. The only overt North Korean response to the incident was North Korea’s stated desire, quoted in the press release from the Chinese Embassy, to continue to “promote Sino-North Korean friendship, using all our powers to do good work in solving this issue.” Two weeks later, the North Korean government gave an “Order of DPRK Friendship 2nd Class” award to Sun Yafeng, the Chinese military attaché in the PRC Embassy, for his unspecified acts of military-military cooperation. A final press release from the Chinese Embassy in Pyongyang sought to put a positive spin on events by orienting even further away from any possible comparison of recent events to the death of a South Korean tourist at Mount Kumgang in 2009. The article described how two of the Chinese victims of the bus crashes, recuperating in the Pyongyang Friendship Hospital, tearfully asked Ambassador Liu Hongcai to convey their offerings of cigarettes and hard liquor to the graves of the Chinese volunteers outside of Pyongyang. If confirmation of the facts were needed, it seemed clear that the Korean War remains the answer to virtually any propaganda problem encountered in the Sino-North Korean alliance. In the meantime, the details of the bus incident seem destined to remain submerged under the icy roads outside Pyongyang. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgDutch gas infrastructure company Gasunie, a stakeholder in the GATE LNG terminal, saw its revenue increase to € 1,651 million in 2014 (2013: € 1,464 million).The net profit in 2014 amounted to € 603 million (2013 normalised: € 551 million), on an invested capital of € 9,295 million, Gasunie said in a statement.According to the statement, the increase in reported profit is largely due to the expiry of the pay-back obligation of the Dutch gas network operator Gasunie Transport Services (GTS).For 2015, Gasunie expects a decrease in operating profit from regular operating activities. Revenues will continue to fall due to further efficiency discounts, it said.In the past few years, the effects of these discounts were offset by revenues from new assets. For 2015 and the following years, Gasunie will shift its investments from expansion projects to replacement projects, which will make it increasingly difficult to offset the discounts, Gasunie added.[mappress mapid=”16977″]Image: Gasunielast_img read more

first_imgMarvel Studios/Disney(NEW YORK) — As promised Tuesday, the first full-length trailer for Avengers: Infinity War debuted this morning.  And if you’ve been waiting for a movie in which all of the Marvel heroes team up to fight against a big nasty bad guy, this is it.The plot’s no surprise, since Marvel’s been teasing it for years.  There are five Infinity Stones, revealed in movies including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Collect all five, and you pretty much have power to rule the universe.That’s what Thanos wants.  Played by Josh Brolin, Thanos is shown arriving on Earth, whereupon he commences gathering the Infinity Stones to put in the Infinity Gauntlet.  Like you do, if you’re the biggest bad guy in the galaxy.The Avengers: Infinity War trailer’s otherwise packed to the brim with action shots of pretty much all of the Marvel superheroes — including a now-blonde Black Widow, a bearded Captain America, and Spider-Man in a shiny new hi-tech suit — all doing their superhero thing, from New York to Africa to outer space: the trailer ends with Thor meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy.  Even Loki’s there, though whether he’s a good guy or bad this time is impossible to tell.Thanos sums it up: “Dread it, run from it: destiny still arrives.”Avengers: Infinity War arrives in theaters May 4, 2018 from Marvel Studios and Disney, parent company of ABC News.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more