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    China's economic assistance to its nuclear threat neighbour is a state secret

    Posted Feb 05th 2013, 09:56am by John Kennedy

    ... woman the amount China currently gives North Korea in economic aid is classified. In December last year, 81-year-old Beijing activist Wang Xiuying submitted an access to information request to the Ministry of Finance, asking how much China gave North Korea in aid in 2011 and 2012. On January 25 she received the reply (above) that her request could not be fulfilled as "the information ...

  2. Missile shield will only strain ties

    Posted Apr 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... the centenary this month of the birth of founding father Kim Il-sung. Rightly, the US has suspended a food aid deal reached just weeks before with the regime of new leader Kim Jong-un, which had hinged ... Barack Obama, like other world leaders, condemned it. Shortly after, the US put the food aid agreement on hold and dusted off plans for shields against long-range missiles in Asia and the Middle ...

  3. Seoul sceptical of nuclear 'deal'

    Posted Mar 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... that in return for 240,000 tonnes of American food aid, Pyongyang would suspend nuclear tests, long-range missile launches and enrichment of uranium, and would also allow back international nuclear ... University. 'What does it mean? Pretty much nothing: the North Koreans will offer some symbolic concession to squeeze some aid and will behave themselves for a while.' Scott Snyder ...

  4. Doubts linger over North Korean deal

    Posted Mar 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... North Korea has struck an important new deal with the US, but as with previous ones, there is concern whether Pyongyang will keep its word. In return for 240,000 tonnes of food aid ... thinking. But food shortages remain as rampant in the poverty-stricken nation as they were before, making the aid crucial for solidifying support during the early months of the young leader's ...

  5. Rocket failure may prompt new talks

    Posted Apr 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the suspension of US food aid and an urgent meeting of the Security Council. And as usual, more sanctions and isolation of the regime are unlikely to make any difference. Persuasion and dialogue remain ... to return to the six-party talks brokered by China to end its nuclear programme. That is where reason and the need of North Korean people for humanitarian aid are most likely to prevail. ...

  6. N Korea's new ruler heralds fresh era of mutual benefits

    Posted Mar 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... nuclear activities in exchange for 240,000 tonnes of food aid. Let's hope Kim has realised that the only way to keep control of his country is to provide for his people. North Korea also ... 'sidekick'. The mainland has contributed a major portion of humanitarian aid, and it has long used North Korea as a bargaining chip with the West. Nations, like the United States, want to break ...

  7. N Korean launch threatens to fire up regional arms race

    Posted Apr 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... It will also breach a February deal with the US, under which North Korea agreed to halt nuclear activities and missile tests in exchange for US food aid. Apparently, North Korea is now acting more ... aid for North Korea. Should the launch go ahead, Washington will certainly take the matter to the UN Security Council, of which the US has the rotating presidency this month. While Beijing ...

  8. N Korea unlikely to give up its atomic arsenal

    Posted Mar 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Greg Torode Chief Asia correspondent, in Seoul While the latest deal to deliver aid to North Korea raised hopes for a restart of the six-nation talks on Pyongyang's nuclear programme, ... by his late father. The latest deal with the US that sees North Korea freeze uranium enrichment in return for food aid was already under negotiation before the elder Kim's death. Professor ...

  9. Spotlight shifts to rocket concerns

    Posted Mar 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... into orbit, has worried China, infuriated the US, scared Japan and angered South Korea- coming just weeks after a deal between Washington and Pyongyang that promises food aid in return for an end ...

  10. Kim, Hu Reaffirm ties as trip ends

    Posted May 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... gives Beijing some advantages in its dealings with the US-led alliance on issues related to regional security and economics. The Kim regime is under pressure to secure Chinese economic aid ... 'China's Silicon Valley'. South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported that Kim and Hu discussed expanding food aid to North, kick-starting economic co-operation and boosting Chinese ...




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