This is a story about a fire bringer full of legends and pities as well as a voluminous biography of Yang Bin, an adopted son of Kim Jong II and the Chief Executive of Sinuiju Special Administrative Region.
Yang Bin, a Chinese with Netherlands nationality, had created numerous wealth in Europe and China, and been invited to set his feet on North Korea which was under “hard march”, so he was filled with mercy and love for North Korean people. He made every painstaking effort for their agricultural modernization and donated his hundreds of millions of wealth to them. His selfless dedication was respected by North Korean people and attached with importance by Gen. Kim Jong II. During special historic period in North Korea, he was given a special identity and opportunity to become the first Chief Executive of “Sinuiju Special Administrative Region” who opened the door of North Korea.
But the history played jokes on him one after another.
Yang Bin created a mythology from an orphan to a tycoon and from a poor overseas student to Chief Executive of Sinuiju Special Administrative Region which was not an entirely imaginary mythology. It was resulted by reform and opening up of China, but the messy and complex reality destroyed and extinguished this beautiful and appealing mythology.
I believe readers focus more concerns on the truth of “Yang Bin event” and the future of Yang Bin and Sinuiju Special Administrative Region, besides concerns on how Yang Bin led and participated in accomplishing the Basic Law of Sinuiju Special Administrative Region and negotiation with North Korea, as well as opened the door of mysterious North Korea up to outside world which had been closed up for fifty years after Kim Jong II made the decision on it.
The writer is a biographer invited by Yang Bin himself who accompanied Yang Bin in the name of his consultant to visit Pyongyang several times where he witnessed, participated and recorded the whole process of the negotiation on the Basic Law of Sinuiju Special Administrative Region. After Yang Bin event, I participated in the audit of the case in the court and talks with the lawyers. Over six years, the writer has followed up the development of Yang Bin event and provided a truer Yang Bin to readers with a great number of first-hand information.
Yang Bin said: “The establishment of Sinuiju Special Administrative Region symbolizes the end of cold war in Northeast Asia. It is a great trend of peace and development that North Korea orients towards the world and integrates itself into the world. I hope to be an envoy of peace.”
The writer believes: “No end is brought to Yang Bin’s story and biography. Everything is not final judgment.
I still believe, CPC will follow the principle of ‘seeking truths from facts’ and return it back to historic truth indeed.”
Among a surging river,
I am a spoondrift.
Among a continuous chain of mountains,
I am a strange peak.
I hide my freedom,
Into gaps of dark clouds.
I engrave my dream
By the side of Yalu.
I wish my blood,
Irrigates the flower of Sino-North Korean friendship.
I wish my flammation,
Would exchange peace of Northeast Asia.
Yang Bin on Spring Festival of 2006