February 21, 2024

Barrier to entry: New photos show China expanding fences on North Korea border

Barbed-wire fencing and surveillance towers underscore continuing efforts to limit cross-border movement on both sides

Exclusive new photos from the China-North Korea frontier reveal that China has continued to expand security infrastructure at key points for cross-border exchange this year, measures that when combined with new fencing on the DPRK side will make defections and smuggling even more difficult.

The photos taken this fall and obtained by NK News show that China has erected high-quality fencing with barbed wire along parts of the Tumen River where no fences previously stood.