Chinese cities expand border facilities with North Korea

On April 20, 2021, a man pointing at the New Yar River Bridge, which was designed to connect the Dandong New Area of ​​China and Sinuiju of North Korea in Dandong, Liaoning Province, China. (Tingshu Wang / Reuters)

The media reports that the city of Dandong in China is aiming to build more facilities across the border with North Korea by resuming rail freight transport across the border with North Korea. It raises expectations for a complete resumption.

North Korea closed its border in January 2020. It was one of the first countries to close its borders after reports of cases of COVID-19 infection in its most important trading partner, neighboring China.

The Chinese administration was also cautious about opening borders to other countries.

The Dandong Government Procurement Bid Announcement dated November 1 is calling on companies to bid for construction management at the entrance port of the New Yar River Bridge, a dual carriageway for vehicles that connects Dandong with the North Korean town of Sinuiju.

The bid announcement did not specify the facility to be built on the Tandong side, and the company that won the entire construction process, from planning to construction, inspection and evaluation, will manage it.

Meanwhile, trains from Dandong resumed rail freight transport across the Yalu River border to North Korea on Monday, U.S. government-funded Radio Free Asia reported citing unknown sources. bottom.

The resumption of rail freight would mean a supply of trade and assistance to North Korea as North Korea faces an economic crisis and foreign analysts believe it is a serious food shortage.

The new bridge over the Yalu River has not been used since its construction was completed a few years ago, as facilities on the North Korean side have not yet been built.

On the Chinese side, a complex of customs building and residential / commercial facility was constructed.

For years, North Korea has relied on China for oil, fertilizers and mechanical parts in UN sanctions on its nuclear and missile programs. China accounts for more than 90% of trade.

By Yew Lun Tian