Construction Projects Resume on China-N.Korea Border

  • By Lee Kil-seong

    June 29, 2018 12:21

    Construction projects that had been suspended along the China-North Korea border due to international sanctions have resumed since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's second visit to Beijing in May. They include a bridge connecting the two countries across the Duman River.

    "Work on a bridge connecting Namyang, North Korea with Tumen, China has accelerated on both sides of the Duman River since spring," the website NK News said Wednesday.

    "Additional road sections appear to have been installed since the beginning of May on the [Chinese] side, while concrete pylon column caps have been installed" on the North Korean side.

    Large warehouses on China's side are apparently used to store equipment and accommodate workers. NK News said construction of the bridge began in late 2016 but stalled as China-North Korea relations chilled, only to speed up again after relations warmed again in May.

    Meanwhile, Radio Free Asia reported that train tickets from China's Dandong to Pyongyang are sold out until mid-July, prompting Chinese authorities to deploy reserve trains that have been built in case of war.

    RFA said most Chinese tourists who could not get tickets on the regular trains took buses across the border to switch to North Korean trains or buses to reach Pyongyang.

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