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  • Sep 23, 2014
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China-North Korea relations

How did Hong Kong become North Korea’s No 2 trading partner?

In 2012, Hong Kong became North Korea’s No 2 trading partner with two-way trade reaching US$111 million (HK$861 million), rising 457 per cent from the year before, according to data from a South Korean trade organisation.

Wednesday, 9 October, 2013, 12:54pm 1 comment

North Korean defectors claim they were forced to manufacture goods for China

A survey among North Korean refugees indicates that the regime is forcing women in labour camps to produce goods for the Chinese market, including wigs and artificial eyelashes.

3 Jul 2013 - 6:35pm

How they see it

Seoul's message is clear: the North should first demonstrate its commitment to denuclearisation through deeds, not words. Following the North Korean envoy's visit to China, expectations began to rise that the six-party talks (involving the two Koreas, China, the United States, Japan and Russia and aimed at ending the North's nuclear weapons programme) might restart.

2 Jun 2013 - 3:59am

Beijing urged to take lead in managing six-party nuclear talks with North Korea

China should play an active role in managing the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear programme, which could resume after Pyongyang sent a special envoy to Beijing, analysts say.

26 May 2013 - 6:50am 1 comment

Pyongyang offers steps to restart stalled six-party talks

A North Korean envoy made it clear to President Xi Jinping yesterday that Pyongyang is willing to take steps to rejoin long-stalled six-party talks on its nuclear weapons programme, according to mainland media.

25 May 2013 - 5:33am 1 comment

North Korea pledges ‘positive steps’ for peace

A North Korean envoy told China’s president on Friday that his reclusive country was willing to take “positive actions” to ensure peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, as China steps up diplomatic efforts to bring Pyongyang back to talks.

24 May 2013 - 9:17pm

North Korea ready to accept China's peace effort

A special North Korean envoy said in Beijing yesterday that Pyongyang would accept China's suggestion that it restart talks with relevant parties to restore a peaceful environment on the Korean peninsula, China Central Television said last night.

24 May 2013 - 7:23pm 1 comment

Kim Jong-un's envoy arrives in Beijing to mend strained ties

A special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held talks with top officials in Beijing yesterday, in the first such encounter since China joined the United States and other nations in imposing sanctions on Pyongyang over its ambitious nuclear weapons programme.

23 May 2013 - 7:41am

Understanding the origins of war can pave a path to peace for North Korea

As North Korea maintains its belligerence, the world is caught in a dilemma. Ignoring it as just another round of empty threats would run the risk of North Korea test-firing missiles with longer range and greater precision. It would also strengthen the regime's rhetoric for testing more deadly nuclear devices. Having another round of six-party talks without a game-changing solution is unlikely to end this farcical merry-go-round.

6 May 2013 - 2:55am

A changing North Korea will prove a headache for China

It is not an unknown unknown but, of all the world's known unknowns, the future of North Korea is perhaps the hardest to predict and hence presents China with unknown difficulties ahead.

21 Apr 2013 - 4:56am 1 comment