Well this isn’t encouraging. A North Korean military academy has hung-up a sign describing China as a “turncoat and our enemy” (turncoat has also been translated as “betrayer”) probably in response to Xi Jinping’s meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-hye this week in Europe.
North Korea isn’t exactly known for its freedom of speech, so a sign posted in sight of the country’s highest-ranking military brass is probably there for a reason. The news was originally reported in Chosun Ilbo, a some-what trustworthy South Korean daily. NKNews features an interview with Ahn Chan-il, president of the World Institute For North Korea Studies, who says:
A meeting of two presidents from South Korea and China has likely affected North Korea’s decision to hang the sign […]
China has successfully adopted a market economy while maintaining its communist idea. But Pyongyang knows it will be impossible for North Korea to do same thing […]
That’s why North Korea is afraid of China’s influence, and hanging the sign is one of its efforts to resist any kind of influence from China.
A similar sign was apparently hoisted in a major military academy in 1992, when South Korea and China officially established diplomatic relations. If China is an enemy for embracing market reforms and meeting with diplomats, what is North Korea after nearly shooting down a Chinese passenger jet?