September 30, 2023

North Korea and China suspend rail trade amid COVID-19 concerns

Reversal comes just months after China and North Korea agreed to restart rail freight to bolster bilateral trade

China and North Korea have suspended cross-border rail trade, the Chinese foreign ministry confirmed, cutting off a key trade corridor for the second time since 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. 

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian announced the decision at a press conference on Friday.