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North Korea and China Documentaries

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Welcome to North Korea
"This film, shot mostly covertly, shows the irony of a regime where 20 million people lived in poverty, some on the brink of starvation, while former dictator Kim II Sung built extravagant monuments to reflect his power. He fostered a grotesque personality cult, which his son and successor Kim Jong Il perpetuates. All around the capital, Pyongyang, an endless stream of propaganda glorifies the leaders. Monuments and museums pay homage to them, but they are strangely empty."

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Children of the Secret State
"Children of the Secret State' is an investigation into North Korea, considered by many as the last Stalinist dictatorship, a hidden and sealed country riddled with propaganda and saturated with hostility to democracy and the West."

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Nuclear Nightmare: Understanding North Korea
"Meet Kim Jong II, leader of North Korea – a nation imprisoned by poverty and with a population so hungry, people eat bugs and grass. Now this megalomaniac dictator is holding the civilized world hostage with what many see as a cunning strategy of extortion, threatening to develop an arsenal of nuclear weapons. It's a strategy by which the United States has indicated it cannot abide."

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Kim's Nuclear Gamble
The past 10 years have been marked by a contentious debate between Democrats and Republicans over America's North Korea policy. When the Clinton administration held high-level talks and negotiated the 1994 Agreed Framework with the North Koreans, Republicans called it appeasement. Now Democrats are criticizing President Bush's approach to the DPRK, maintaining that labelling North Korea part of the "axis of evil" and refusing to engage in direct talks serves no useful security purpose. Here are excerpts from FRONTLINE's interviews with Richard Perle, Thomas Hubbard, Madeleine Albright, Robert Gallucci, Stephen Bosworth, and William Perry, in which they discuss the two administrations' contrasting approaches, the current nuclear crisis, and the U.S. refusal to talk with the North unless Japan, South Korea, and China are involved.

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The Rise of China on the World Stage
The surge of China on to the world stage has been called the single most important geopolitical event in this century. Will the nation of nearly 1.3 billion be a force for good or ill in world affairs writ large? What are the challenges of integrating China into a stable and secure world?

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Why We Fight The Battle of China
Chapter VI of Frank Capras "Why We Fight" series, explains why the Empire of Japan possessed such a strong interest in ruling the disparate lands of China." Documentary in public domain and available to download at Internet Archive.

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14th Air force China
An historical account of the 14th Air Force known as "The Flying Tigers" who were stationed in China during World War II.

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