September 27, 2022

China-North Korea trade fair much smaller than past years amid virus concerns

North Korean companies promote yogurt, cigarettes and beer in first trade show since 2019

North Korea and China recently kicked off their first joint trade fair since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But unlike past fairs that featured hundreds of in-person booths, this year’s event includes an online component to allow companies stuck in the DPRK to participate.

China’s severe COVID lockdowns in the border city of Dandong, however, mean just ten Chinese and 12 North Korean companies are participating in the trade show virtually.