What to make of reports that China plans to send back all North Korean workers | NK News
July 15, 2024
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What to make of reports that China plans to send back all North Korean workers

Repatriation of thousands of laborers could be retaliation over DPRK-Russia ties and would cut off huge revenue source

Tens of thousands of North Korean workers are believed to live in China, earning hundreds of millions for Pyongyang every year. But Beijing may be planning to repatriate all of them in one fell swoop, a move that could have sweeping implications for bilateral ties and the regime’s efforts to finance its weapons programs.

According to recent reports by South Korean media, China has ordered all DPRK workers to return to their country because their visas either expired or will expire soon.

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