Stepped-up Chinese assistance to North Korea worries South, violates UN sanction resolutions

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By Geostrategy-Direct

While a signer to the UN sanction measures against North Korea after Pyongyang’s repeated nuclear and missile tests, China is stepping up its economic and energy assistance to Pyongyang.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin, left front, and Pak Myong-Guk, North Korea’s vice foreign minister in Pyongyang on Oct. 25. Guo Yina / Xinhua
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin, left front, and Pak Myong-Guk, North Korea’s vice foreign minister in Pyongyang on Oct. 25. Guo Yina / Xinhua

Using humanitarian assistance as a pretext, Beijing is building multiple bridges over the border waterway of the Tumen River to increase the trucking volume going from China to North Korea.

A large spanned New Tumen River Bridge connecting the two communist countries, which China just completed a few weeks ago, has started being used as a major transfer station of China’s electricity supply to North Korea, as confirmed by South Korean government officials who expressed grave concerns over China’s complicity.

China and North Korea have in the past jointly operate a large hydro-electric dam in Sup’ung on the Yalu River inside the DPRK. What has worried South Korean officials is the fact that China has provided additional technological assistance to enlarge the generators at the Sup’ung power station. These high-capacity generators could well be used for military purposes.

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