Wigs and hair dominate North Korea-China trade in June, outshining other goods
Trade data shows DPRK continues to manufacture hair products, while expert says corn imports help address food shortages
Wigs and human hair dominated North Korea’s trade with China in June, while grain imports declined amid continuing fears of food shortages.
The Chinese trade data released Thursday shows that the DPRK continues to import human hair to process into wigs and other products for export, following concerns about North Korea’s use of female prison labor to carry out the labor-intensive production process.
DPRK exports of wigs and other synthetic hair products surged to $18.3 million in June, up from $15.5 million in the previous month, according to the trade figures from China’s General
- 01North Korean launchpad busy despite Putin’s vow to help launch DPRK satellites
- 02Why China isn’t too worried about Kim Jong Un’s trip to cozy up to Russia
- 03State media review: Kim Jong Un ramps up personality cult with new mosaic mural
- 04Why interoperability remains a hurdle for trilateral cooperation on North Korea
- 05North Korea confirms long-time weapons official leading top missile bureau
- 06RECAP: Everything we know about Kim Jong Un’s grand odyssey in Russian Far East
- 07What the North Korean Red Guards’ new toys reveal about military modernization
- 08State media review: North Koreans ‘pine for’ Kim Jong Un as he travels abroad
- 09Bending the rules: How Russia could justify helping North Korea’s space program
- 10At cosmodrome, Kim Jong Un and Putin set stage for greater confrontation with US