Chinese firms loom large as Spring Pyongyang International Trade Fair begins
Brochure reveals at least 216 Chinese companies taking part in this year's expo
The 22nd annual Spring Pyongyang International Trade Fair (PITF) opened on Monday and included at least 216 Chinese companies, according to a count of a brochure distributed to guests at the event and seen by NK Pro.
The brochure, which included a three-page directory of what appears to be exclusively Chinese exhibitors, was notable for excluding joint ventures (J/Vs), companies from third countries, and those from North Korea.
Brochures in past years’ PITF events normally listed dozens of J/Vs – banned since early 2018 due to UN Security Council sanctions – as well as scores of companies
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