‘Don’t Confuse UN Sanctions with Normal Bilateral Trade Relations’: PRC Foreign Ministry on New North Korean Free Trade Zone

Today’s Huanqiu Shibao headlines a statement made by PRC Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang regarding expansion of trade with North Korea.  I’ll just go ahead and drop in the whole dispatch and translate it roughly: 环球时报记者段聪聪报道 2月25日,中国外交部发言人秦刚在例行记者会上就中国企业有可能获准开发两个朝鲜岛屿的事情表态:“不要混淆联合国制裁和两国正常的经贸往来。” Global Times reporter Duan Congcong reports on Feb. 25: Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang, at a press conference, stated [the Ministry’s] position on the situation of the … Continue reading ‘Don’t Confuse UN Sanctions with Normal Bilateral Trade Relations’: PRC Foreign Ministry on New North Korean Free Trade Zone

Beijing No Longer Releasing Figures on North Korean Trade

Well, this Reuters report gives some empirical depth to recent media analysis that China is clearly eager to repair its ties with the DPRK.: China has stopped publicly issuing trade data about North Korea, veiling the potentially sensitive numbers about its wary neighbour under another category while the two countries seek improved ties. Destination and origin statistics on China’s imports and exports for September issued … Continue reading Beijing No Longer Releasing Figures on North Korean Trade