China-North Korea trade resumes, but it appears less sustainable than ever
A rapid rise in exports raises questions about how North Korea is financing trade with China
Rising Sino-DPRK trade despite ongoing COVID-19 concerns in North Korea is yet another sign of improving bilateral relations.
Newly published statistics from the Chinese customs agency show that the total value of Sino-DPRK trade increased 114% between March and April, with a 122% rise in North Korean imports from China leading the growth.
Total April trade between China and North Korea reached $30.6 million compared to $14.3 million in March. March also saw sharp increases in bilateral trade over the month before.
But the magnitude of these increases is more reflective of the extent of the impact
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