question whether the US is really trying to improve the DPRK-US relationship and it is wondering whe
ther its previous steps to promote engagement with Washington were the right thing to do.
In what was the most comprehensive review of Pyongyang’s recent i
nteraction with Washington, the DPRK leader put the ball decisively back in Was
hington’s court after the US president floated the idea of a third summit on Thursday.
Washington maintains unabated zeal for a deal of some sort, because ot
herwise the engagement with Pyongyang since last year
would be regarded as failure. So, more likely than not, it will try to find a way to keep the possibility of a summit alive.
But the “correct manner” Pyongyang demands is Washington forsaking its “max
imum pressure” and demonstrating sufficient goodwill by relieving, or completely rollin
g back, sanctions, putting an end to the state of war, or, even better, offering economic incentives.
whose annual net income was less than 200 yuan ($30) were defined as living below the p
overty line in China in 1985. The line was raised to less than 2,300 yuan by 2011.
Second, how are policies designed to help the poorest people? Chinese policies aim to give the poor a roof over their heads, guarantee
food, clothing and basic medical services, and provide their children with nine years of compulsory education.
Funds and resources have been made available for agricultural subsidies and cheap loans to rural far
mers. Funds also went into rural revitalization, to integrate regional development and build infrast
ructure connecting villages to markets so that farmers could sell their products more easily. Villagers have been enco
uraged to be innovative, with incentives and loans for them to become self-employed and to set up micro-businesses.
Moreover, teams of officials have been traveling to faraway and isolated rural areas to help individual
s and families with individualized plans that target specific problems, such as whether there is ill
ness or disability in the household. In other words, China has not taken a “one-size-fits-all” approach for the tough cases.
but also people who are very pro-Meghan, about recessive genes, about whether the baby will have an afro, whether the baby will have its mother’s nose,” she said.
”There’s all these coded conversations happening about what the baby will look like, and it sounds really horr
ible to think, but a lot of people offered up the idea that the blacker the baby looks, the worse its treatment will be.”
Hermansson said the anti-Meghan trolls have also seized on themes like so-called “cultural decline.”
”Meghan Markle fits into this bigger idea of the West and the UK in d
ecline,” he said. “She does that by not fitting in, by being who she is, which is mixed race. Pe
ople tie these things so much to what they think it means to be British, which is white. So, it has a racial element to it.”
”But there’s also this idea of cultural decline — [that] what we were before, a strong palace, a monarchy, an empire … is falli
ng apart, and that of course is brought on by these other far-right conspiratorial ideas, like what mass imm
igration is doing with our society, the replacement of British people of British culture.”