August 13, 2020

On Sino-DPRK border, residents cautious over ongoing diplomatic thaw
"Nothing with North Korea is ever simple," locals say as sanctions see businesses close up shop

Amid a dizzying succession of recent DPRK-focused summits, much of the world has been swept up by optimism over a potential thaw on the Korean peninsula and the opportunities they might bring. Publications as diverse as the New York Times, China’s People’s Daily and South Korea’s Choson Ilbo, rarely used to singing from the same hymn sheet, all vaunted the "historic" nature of the inter-Korean summit at Panmunjom on 27 April.

Further talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping in China on 27 March and 8 May, and a meeting in Singapore between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump now scheduled for 12 June, have given analysts numerous other grounds to speculate positively about future prospects.