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Thursday, June 30, 2011

North Korea defection statistics – 2011

The number of North Korean defectors who entered South Korea this year numbered around eleven-hundred at the end of May.

This is up 14 percent from the same time last year.

A Unification Ministry official on Monday told reporters that the rise is considered unusual given the North has tightened border security.

Swiss leasing North Korean Pier

North Korea has leased a pier on its port located near China and Russia to Switzerland, a source said Tuesday, citing an unidentified Chinese government official.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

N. Koreans use phones to sneak information out

North Korea is a country that has been almost entirely isolated from news around the world for the past 60 years. The regime in Pyongyang allows Internet access to only a fraction of government officials and its power elite as it prepares for a third-generation hereditary succession to a young man in his late 20s.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

DPRK and PRC launch joint Yalu patrols

Maritime authorities in China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Wednesday launched their first joint patrol on the Yalu River, located on the border of the two countries.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Statistics on DPRK – PRC trade

Data on North Korea’s trade with other countries is scarce, and there are stark contrasts in recent estimates from South Korea and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in terms of both volume and composition.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

North Korea Opens Hwanggumphyong Special Economic Zone

8 July - On Wednesday, some 1,000 people from North Korea and China, including Kim Jong Il’s brother-in-law, Jang Song-thaek, and Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming, attended the opening ceremony on Hwanggumphyong Island on the Yalu River that separates the two countries.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

China expanding into Africa

China has signed contracts valued at $220 million with African countries, offering loans from a special fund to support 13 projects of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Thursday.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

China and stuff

I didn't die (yet), I was just in China. Where there's no blogger and I had no access to any proxies.

I hereby wish to extend a warm welcome to all my new followers. I will be back with content soon.