Construction underway on North Korean island set to become joint EDZ with China
North Korean land on Chinese side of Tumen river has been promoted as opportunity by nearby Hunchun authorities
A planned China-North Korea cross-border economic development zone (EDZ) stalled under sanctions in recent years may finally be under construction, satellite imagery taken since October suggests.
The Kyongwon Economic Development Zone (경원경제개발구), as it is called in North Korea — first announced in October 2015 — has received sustained interest from local authorities across the border in China and even detailed blueprints developed by a Chinese company.
It has also received renewed attention in DPRK state media this year, but had until recently seen little movement on the ground.
An effort was started
- 01The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act: what it means for North Korea
- 02The view from Jingshan: China reacts to North Korea’s renewed testing
- 03Context and translation: party daily recollects Kim Jong Un’s 2019 achievements
- 04What to make of North Korea’s “very important” test at Sohae
- 05How North Korea is making the most of its aging air force
- 06Timeline: from tensions over drills to a mystery “Christmas gift”
- 07North Korea’s unusual Party plenum in late December: what to expect
- 08North Korea in November 2019: a month in review and what’s ahead