September 17, 2018 11:42
Transport ties between China and North Korea are growing stronger than ever despite U.S.-led sanctions against the North.
Since China's No. 3 official Li Zhanshu visited Pyongyang for the regime's 70th founding anniversary celebrations on Sept. 9, North Korea's Air Koryo has started chartered flights between Dalian and Pyongyang.
According to Chinese state media, Air Koryo Flight JS821 flew from Dalian International Airport to Pyongyang last Thursday carrying 67 passengers. The charter flights are scheduled for every Thursday and Sunday shuttling group tourists to and fro.
The government of Liaoning Province, which borders North Korea, also announced comprehensive plans on its website last week to build a rail and highway link from Dandong to Pyongyang and all the way down to Seoul and Busan in South Korea to prepare for possible business cooperation with North Korea amid a growing détente on the Korean Peninsula.
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