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The Friendship Bridge linking China and North Korea across the Yalu River

China sacrifices its North Korean pawn

  • Illegal goods are regularly smuggled from China to North Korea
  • This trade benefits many in power
  • A recent scandal has brought down one of the biggest dealers
  • Illicit trade between the countries is unlikely to stop anytime soon

In September, the police department in China’s northeastern border province of Liaoning made a shocking announcement. The statement, posted on Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site similar to Twitter, said that public security officials were investigating “serious economic crimes” allegedly committed by a company called Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development Company Ltd. and its “relevant personnel.” The announcement went on to say that investigators had found “indisputable evidence” of wrongdoing. The news flabbergasted locals, especially in the city of Dandong, where the company is located. The owner of the company, Ma Xiaohong, is a well-known local politician and businesswoman.

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 Kati Kang
Ms. Ma is just a pawn in a greater game
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What's inside
  • Illegal goods are regularly smuggled from China to North Korea
  • This trade benefits many in power
  • A recent scandal has brought down one of the biggest dealers
  • Illicit trade between the countries is unlikely to stop anytime soon
Who will benefit?
  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
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