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China’s Embrace of North Korea: The Curious Case of the Hwanggumpyong Island Economic Zone

China’s Embrace of North Korea: The Curious Case of the Hwanggumpyong Island Economic Zone

Background In early June 2011, China and the DPRK announced an agreement to establish a free trade area on Hwanggumpyong and Wihwa Islands, undeveloped sites adjacent to China’s border city of Dandong where a tax-free zone will also be established. These islands are located in the downstream area of the Yalu River on the border between the [...]

North Korea Makes Significant Progress in Building New Experimental Light Water Reactor (ELWR)

North Korea Makes Significant Progress in Building New Experimental Light Water Reactor (ELWR)

This article is a “38 North” exclusive in cooperation with DigitalGlobe’s Analysis Center and with contributions by Robert Kelley and Mehdi Sarram. This is the first of a new satellite imagery analysis feature, focusing on areas of security and economic interest. SUMMARY A year after disclosing the project, North Korea recently announced [...]

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Credit for photo of young North Korean girl: T.M. All rights reserved, used with permission.