Senior N.Korean Officials Study Business in China

High-ranking North Korean officials are studying international trade and foreign direct investment principles under a UN program in China.

The Chinanews website on Tuesday said Nankai University in Tianjin opened on Saturday a course created in conjunction with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) especially for the visiting North Koreans.

The 15-day course trains the officials in market-opening strategies and economic development.

Nankai University is the alma mater of former Chinese premier Zhou Enlai and is among China's leading schools. The North Koreans will visit Tianjin, Suzhou and Shanghai for a first-hand look at China's market-opening and economic development policies in action.

The Suzhou industrial zone was a model for of the inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex. Former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il visited Shanghai back in 2001 and expressed surprise at the degree of change the city had undergone. Tianjin is home to China's high-tech and aircraft industries.

englishnews@chosun.com / Nov. 20, 2013 10:53 KST