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The Dark Night: North Korean Strategy

Mar 21, 2016





To understand North Korean strategy today, we must first understand the implications of its geography. Korea is a peninsula jutting southward from Manchuria. The waves of the Yellow Sea break on its western shores, and the waves of the Sea of Japan roll in on its eastern flank. It shares a 30-mile-wide border with Russia, its northeastern border about 70 miles from Vladivostok, Russia’s major eastern port. 




The southeast corner of Korea juts to within 100 miles of Japan to its south, and the peninsula’s southwest corner angles westward only about 300 miles from Shanghai. In hostile hands, Korea can threaten Japan’s access to the East China Sea and the Pacific from the Sea of Japan. Korea can also potentially interfere with China’s access to the Yellow Sea and potentially to Shanghai.




Japan and China have invaded the Korean Peninsula on several occasions. Its geographical position and size relative to Japan and China made these incursions inevitable. From the Chinese point of…

Mexican mango volumes up on last year

The Mexican mango season is about to start, and prospects point to a greater production than in the previous campaign.

"We'll start on 8 April and we have already scheduled the first shipment," affirms Nadia Martínez, of BQ Fruits.


"We will ship about 30 to 40 pallets per week. At first, we'll start with 6 pallets per week and we'll gradually increase the volume. If we have enough availability, we should reach 50 pallets per week,"
she continues. She expects the season to come to an end in August.

Production is expected to increase compared to the previous campaign, which started slowly, without much availability until May-June, but Martínez believes that the peak this season will be recorded much earlier.


"We want to start in April with the variety Haden; we will then move on to the Tommy Atkins and we'll finish with the Kent," explains the exporter.


BQ Fruits exports most of its mangoes to the European market, especially Spain, the Netherland…

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FORESTS 2016