January 29, 2023

China rolls back virus controls, providing hope for North Korea aid work

Experts say rules a positive step for DPRK refugees and aid groups in China, though border controls likely to stay

China eased some of its most intrusive COVID-19 rules Wednesday, providing a glimmer of hope for North Korean refugees and DPRK-focused aid organizations in the country that have suffered from Beijing’s “zero-COVID” approach.

But experts cautioned that the rule changes, while a positive initial move toward normalization, are unlikely to lead North Korea to relax its own border controls any time soon.