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N. Korean, Hong Kong firms to develop border city of Sinuiju

SEOUL, March 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has joined hands with a Hong Kong-based company to develop the country's northwestern border city of Sinuiju into a special economic zone, a North Korean official said. Sinuiju, which borders China's Dandong city, has drawn much attention from foreign investors for its geographical advantage as North Korea's western gateway to China, Ri Chol-sok, the vice chairman of North Korea's economic development committee, said in an interview in the March issue of Kumsugangsan magazine, a North Korean government mouthpiece.

China to open high-speed railway near N. Korean border next year

BEIJING, Jan. 2 (Yonhap) -- China will open a high-speed railway near its border with North Korea next year, state media said Thursday, in an indication that Beijing is committed to deepening its economic ties with Pyongyang despite the North's nuclear ambition. Construction of the 207-kilometer rail link between China's northeastern city of Shenyang and its border city of Dandong, where most of bilateral trade with North Korea is conducted, began in 2010 and will be opened in August next year, official Xinhua news agency reported in a dispatch from Shenyang.

N. Korea beefs up nighttime border patrols

BEIJING, Dec. 28 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has stepped up nighttime patrols and assigned more soldiers to along parts of its border with China, a media report said Saturday, in an apparent attempt to ward off a flow of defections of its people. The number of North Korean soldiers who conduct nighttime patrols was higher than those during daylight hours, marking an unusual reinforcement of border security compared with previous winter seasons, China's state-run Global Times newspaper reported in a dispatch from the Chinese border city of Dandong.

N. Korea-China expo inks trade deals worth US$1.6 bln

BEIJING, Oct. 15 (Yonhap) -- North Korean companies participating in an annual trade fair with China signed a total of 93 preliminary deals worth US$1.6 billion at the event, China's state media reported Tuesday. North Korea and its economic lifeline, China, wrapped up the trade expo, the second of its kind, on Monday in the Chinese border city of Dandong with some 130 North Korean firms attending the five-day exhibition.

China to start boat tours to N. Korea from next year

BEIJING, Oct. 12 (Yonhap) -- China's northeastern border city with North Korea plans to begin cross-river boat tours to the North from next year, a move expected to boost travels between the two nations, state media reported Saturday. The planned opening of the ship route between the Chinese city of Dandong and North Korean border city of Shinuiju across the Amnok River, also called the Yalu River in China, will offer more convenience for tourists as they can obtain a border pass within a day, China's Xinhua news agency said.

N. Korea, China kick off annual trade fair

BEIJING, Oct. 10 (Yonhap) -- An annual trade fair between North Korea and China kicked off in the Chinese border city of Dandong on Thursday, with some 130 North Korean firms attending the five-day exhibition, organizers said. The North Korea-China Economic, Trade, Culture and Tourism Expo, the second of its kind, comes as China is deepening its economic ties with the North even though Beijing appears to have become increasingly frustrated with Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

N. Korea town opens to Western tourists: travel agents

North Korea's authorities have opened the border town of Sinuiju to Western tourists, Chinese-based travel agencies said, despite international tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear test in February. The move opens up the possibility of foreign tourists being able to make day tours to the secretive state, a considerably cheaper option than the more expensive multi-day trips currently on offer. The country is largely sealed off from outsiders, with Western travellers allowed in only on strictly controlled tours.

N. Korea town opens to Western tourists: travel agents

North Korea's authorities have opened the border town of Sinuiju to Western tourists, Chinese-based travel agencies said, despite international tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear test in February. The move opens up the possibility of foreign tourists being able to make day tours to the secretive state, a considerably cheaper option than the more expensive multi-day trips currently on offer. The country is largely sealed off from outsiders, with Western travellers allowed in only on strictly controlled tours.

N. Korea town opens to Western tourists: travel agents

North Korea's authorities have opened the border town of Sinuiju to Western tourists, Chinese-based travel agencies said, despite international tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear test in February. The move opens up the possibility of foreign tourists being able to make day tours to the secretive state, a considerably cheaper option than the more expensive multi-day trips currently on offer. The country is largely sealed off from outsiders, with Western travellers allowed in only on strictly controlled tours.

China bank can transfer cash to N. Korea, sanction impact in doubt

China Construction Bank can still transfer cash to North Korea through a bank in the border city of Dandong in northeastern China, an employee of the major state-run lender's Dandong branch said Friday, which raises doubts about the effectiveness of Beijing's apparent financial sanction on Pyongyang.
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