April 23, 2021

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Min Chao Choy

Min Chao Choy is a data journalist for NK News and NK Pro. Choy specializes in news and analysis relating to DPRK shipping and aviation movements, sanctions, and cyber-security.

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North Korea-China trade further plummets in the second year of COVID-19
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North Korea-China trade further plummets in the second year of COVID-19

China only exported electricity to the DPRK in Feb. 2021, with total trade values sliding under a mere $2 million

North Korea-China trade further plummets in the second year of COVID-19
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy March 22, 2021
North Korea imports only $32,000 worth of Chinese goods amid deep trade slump
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North Korea imports only $32,000 worth of Chinese goods amid deep trade slump

Chinese exports to the DPRK hit a record low since at least 2017, according to new numbers from January and February

North Korea imports only $32,000 worth of Chinese goods amid deep trade slump
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy March 19, 2021
Korean Americans urge Biden to officially end the 70-year Korean War

Korean Americans urge Biden to officially end the 70-year Korean War

More than 70 Korean Americans — from university professors to TikTok stars — penned an open letter calling for peace

Korean Americans urge Biden to officially end the 70-year Korean War
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy March 18, 2021
Energy plant powering North Korea’s capital city in a state of ‘dire disrepair’
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Energy plant powering North Korea’s capital city in a state of ‘dire disrepair’

One of North Korea’s biggest energy sites is nearing its end while another remains under construction, new report says

Energy plant powering North Korea’s capital city in a state of ‘dire disrepair’
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy March 17, 2021
North Korea-Russia trade drops to zero in January amid mysterious data decline
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North Korea-Russia trade drops to zero in January amid mysterious data decline

North Korea’s largest trade partner, China, has not published any 2021 trade data on North Korea so far

North Korea-Russia trade drops to zero in January amid mysterious data decline
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy March 16, 2021
Warship catches ship-to-ship transfer on mission to stop North Korean smuggling
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Warship catches ship-to-ship transfer on mission to stop North Korean smuggling

Photos of unflagged tankers lashed together with hoses show North Korea’s economy still running on oil, experts say

Warship catches ship-to-ship transfer on mission to stop North Korean smuggling
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy March 15, 2021
Why North Korea abandoned its quest to lead the ‘third world’

Why North Korea abandoned its quest to lead the ‘third world’

Author Benjamin Young discusses his new book, “Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader: North Korea and the Third World” 

Why North Korea abandoned its quest to lead the ‘third world’
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy March 15, 2021
North Korea ignored backdoor US diplomatic outreach since mid-February

North Korea ignored backdoor US diplomatic outreach since mid-February

The Biden administration contacted North Korea through traditional channels and received no response, NK News confirmed

North Korea ignored backdoor US diplomatic outreach since mid-February
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy March 13, 2021
US officials’ trip to Seoul and Tokyo will inform North Korea policy review

US officials’ trip to Seoul and Tokyo will inform North Korea policy review

U.S. secretary of state and secretary of defense will make their way to Asia next week

US officials’ trip to Seoul and Tokyo will inform North Korea policy review
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy March 12, 2021
North Korean shipping rises in early March, hinting at loosened quarantine rules
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North Korean shipping rises in early March, hinting at loosened quarantine rules

13 ships made significant voyages, with old identities resurfacing after years off-grid

North Korean shipping rises in early March, hinting at loosened quarantine rules
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy March 12, 2021
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