Empty freight train arrives in China from North Korea China — North Korea trade opens again

Translated by: MOS Finance Team – Atlas

According to a number of Chinese and North Korean sources, A freight train arrived from North Korea on Jan. 16 across the border to Dandong, Liaoning Province, China, on January 16. Overland trade with China, suspended from fall 2020 due to the CCP virus (COVID-19), appears to be showing signs of resuming.

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The freight train crossed the “Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge” on the morning of the 16th and arrived in China in an empty state. It is said that it will return to North Korea on the 17th with medicines and daily necessities. Hotels around the bridge have cancelled all reservations for rooms with a view of the bridge since the 15th.

It seems that the intention of the North Korean side seems to be greater for the resumption of overland trade.

In February, North Korea will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the birth of Kim Jong-Il, father of Kim Jong-un, general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, and the 110th anniversary of the birth of his grandfather, Kim Il-sung, in April. The outside world thinks it seems a reasonable speculation to resume trade and secure supplies ahead of these important anniversaries. Although Kim Jong Un’s government continues to test missiles, some pointed out that residents’ lives are in trouble due to prolonged economic sanctions.

As the Beijing Winter Olympics approaches, China is under strict control of the CCP virus epidemic, which has not subsided. However, to avoid destabilizing North Korean society due to a lack of supplies, China and North Korea discuss late last year to resume overland trade in January.

Yonhap News Agency of Korea reported that there will be 10 to 20 freight trains going to and from the border every day from now on, according to sources. However, both China and North Korea need to sterilize the materials and isolate the people involved, and it is unclear whether normal traffic will start soon.

Information source: 北朝鮮から中国へ、積み荷のない貨物列車が到着…コロナで中断中の中朝陸路貿易再開へ

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