DPRK china trade triples in five years

According to Yonhap (via Korea Herald):

North Korea’s trade with China nearly tripled over the past five years, South Korean government data showed Sunday, underscoring the isolated North’s growing economic reliance on its major ally.

Trade between North Korea and China stood at US$5.63 billion last year, up 284 percent from $1.98 billion in 2007, Seoul’s unification ministry said in a report to the National Assembly.

North Korea’s exports to China almost quadrupled to $2.46 billion in 2011, compared with $580 million in 2007, the data showed. Imports rose to $3.17 billion last year, from $1.39 billion in 2007.

The North’s main export items were coal and iron ore, while primary imports from China were crude oil, gasoline and cargo trucks, it said.

A separate story on the report which also appeared in the Korea Herald featured these additional stats:

China accounted for only 67 percent of the North’s total trading with foreign countries, also including Russia, Thailand and Japan in 2007. But the dependency rate grew to 72.9 percent in 2008 and 82.9 percent in 2010 before hitting 89.1 percent last year, the report showed.

Annual food imports from China stood at 155,000 tons in 2008 and they have steadily grown to reach 380,000 tons for the whole of 2011, it said.

The same story had data on wages in the Kaesong Industrial Zone:

Another ministry audit report also showed that since 2004, South Korea has so far paid a total of $245.7 million in salary to North Korean laborers working in the Kaesong Industrial Complex, a joint inter-Korean industrial project in the North Korean village of Kaesong.

The report showed that a North Korean worker in the industrial zone earns an average $128.3 every month as of the first half of this year.

The average monthly pay stood at $68.1 in 2006 before steadily growing to $109.3 for last year.

Read the full story here:
N. Korea’s trade with China nearly tripled over past 5 years
Yonhap (via Korea Herald)

N. Korea’s trade with China surges due to U.N. sanctions
Korea Herald


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