What a Chinese delegation’s visit means for North Korea’s border controls
DPRK may be testing waters before easing restrictions, or just making an exception for key ally on important holiday
Editor’s note: Updated throughout at 6:47 p.m. KST on July 25 to reflect announcement that Russian delegation will also visit Pyongyang.
North Korea has announced that Chinese and Russian delegations will travel to the country this week, marking the first foreign visits since the pandemic and a notable shift in the DPRK’s approach to international engagement and epidemic control.
Foreign diplomatic personnel have entered North Korea twice during the pandemic, in March 2020 and March 2023, but both cases involved the arrival of staff who would live in Pyongyang long term.
The forthcoming visits
- 01From QR codes to the blockchain: Inside North Korea’s digital payment plans
- 02Kim Jong Un reviews old satellite imagery despite North Korea’s new eyes in sky
- 03Eyes above: How a new ROK satellite will help monitor North Korea’s every move
- 04Timeline: From North Korea’s satellite launch to scrapping 2018 military deal
- 05North Korea’s post-reform elections looked a lot like those that came before
- 06State media review: North Korea faults ‘puppets’ for collapse of military deal
- 07In orbit: Everything we know about North Korea’s new spy satellite so far
- 08Why it matters if South Koreans personally know a North Korean defector