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After Resuming Trade With China, North Korea Fires Another 2 Ballistic Missiles
January 18, 2022

After Resuming Trade With China, North Korea Fires Another 2 Ballistic Missiles

By Mitch Shin
A day after a North Korean train crossed the border to get goods from China, the country conducted its fourth missile test in two weeks.  

North Korea’s Strict COVID-19 Policies Undermine Kim Jong Un’s Goal of Ending Hunger
January 07, 2022

North Korea’s Strict COVID-19 Policies Undermine Kim Jong Un’s Goal of Ending Hunger

By Troy Stangarone
Dismal trade figures for 2021 attest to the toll the North’s border closures are taking on its food supply.
Why Has North Korea Struggled to Normalize Trade With China?
November 25, 2021

Why Has North Korea Struggled to Normalize Trade With China?

By Troy Stangarone
Since North Korea slammed its borders shut in the initial stage of the pandemic, it has made several motions toward resuming normal trade. None has panned out.

Global Trade Is Recovering From the Pandemic. North Korea’s Economy Isn’t.
April 12, 2021

Global Trade Is Recovering From the Pandemic. North Korea’s Economy Isn’t.

By Troy Stangarone
With its borders still locked down, North Korea isn’t benefiting from China’s return to growth. That’s unlikely to change anytime soon.

Adam Cathcart & Christopher Green on the China-North Korea Borderlands
April 01, 2021

Adam Cathcart & Christopher Green on the China-North Korea Borderlands

By Shannon Tiezzi
“One result of this natural cyclicality in North Korea’s policy toward China is that it causes quality of life to rise and fall markedly in the country’s border communities.”

What Is the Truth About COVID-19 in North Korea?
January 06, 2021

What Is the Truth About COVID-19 in North Korea?

By Mitch Shin
North Korea insists there have been no coronavirus cases in the country. So why does it keep tightening restrictions, despite the heavy cost?

North Korean Citizens Desperately Need the China Border to Reopen
July 15, 2020

North Korean Citizens Desperately Need the China Border to Reopen

By Gabriela Bernal
Amid the COVID-induced shutdown of the border, hunger, homelessness, and business closures are all on the rise.
North Korea’s Trade With China Continues Rapid Decline
May 09, 2020

North Korea’s Trade With China Continues Rapid Decline

By Troy Stangarone
The COVID-19-induced border closure continues to wreak havoc on North Korea's trade with China.

How COVID-19 Is Affecting North Korea’s Economy
March 31, 2020

How COVID-19 Is Affecting North Korea’s Economy

By Gabriela Bernal
If this crisis has proven anything it’s how much the North Korean economy relies on China.

North Korea’s Exports to China Collapse Amid Coronavirus
March 25, 2020

North Korea’s Exports to China Collapse Amid Coronavirus

By Troy Stangarone
Chinese data from January and February hints that the border closure is taking a serious economic toll.

Coronavirus: The Economic Costs for North Korea
March 06, 2020

Coronavirus: The Economic Costs for North Korea

By Troy Stangarone
The outbreak, and Pyongyang’s response, will seriously strain the North Korean economy.
North Korea’s Economy: The View From China
November 28, 2019

North Korea’s Economy: The View From China

By Mu Chunshan
Sanctions aside, many Chinese businesspeople are willing to invest across the border. Is North Korea ready to open its doors for them?

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