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The Quiet Courtship of Rajin-Sonbong


The Rajin-Sonbong Special Economic Zone ties North Korea to both Russia and China. While Moscow has made only modest efforts to court the hard line Communist regime, Beijing is moving more aggressively. China has studiously provided Pyongyang with ongoing economic assistance, hoping to consolidate its regional influence and open a northeast import-export corridor. If it succeeds, the Chinese strategy may well yield long-term rewards.

The Rajin-Sonbong Special Economic Zone ties North Korea to both Russia and China. While Moscow has made only modest efforts to court the hard line Communist regime, Beijing is moving more aggressively. China has studiously provided Pyongyang with ongoing economic assistance, hoping to consolidate its regional influence and open a northeast import-export corridor. If it succeeds, the Chinese strategy may well yield long-term rewards.

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