September 30, 2023

China broadens lockdowns in Dandong, hub city for trade with North Korea

Restrictions come days after China and DPRK halted overland trade, with no timetable to resume

Chinese authorities on Friday expanded the lockdown of Dandong, a major trade hub directly across from North Korea’s Sinuiju city, likely pushing back even further prospects of normalized land trade between the two countries.

While Dandong’s lockdown began on April 26 with just 77 apartments, communities or other areas of the city, it has now dramatically expanded to cover 197 different locations, according to a list of controlled areas published Friday.