N. Korean leader orders development of gateway city to China


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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has instructed a sweeping development of Sinuiju, the North’s main border city with China, Pyongyang’s media reported Friday.

Kim examined and guided the master plan for Sinuiju before setting forth the tasks and ways of successfully sprucing up the border gateway city to meet the demand of the present era, according to a report by the Korean Central News Agency.

Sinuiju, located in the North’s northwest and just across the Amnok (Yalu) River from Dandong in China’s Liaoning Province, is widely regarded as a symbol of North Korean-Chinese economic cooperation and exchanges.

A photo released by the Rodong Sinmun on Nov. 16, 2018, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un guiding the master development plan of Sinuiju during his visit to the border city. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

Watchers speculate that North Korea appears to have begun to build urban infrastructure in the border city in preparation for an improvement of external circumstances and full-fledged economic cooperation with China.

The North’s leader reportedly said that it is necessary to successfully arrange blocks of high-rise and skyscraper apartment buildings along the main axis and arterial road of the city and the bank of the Amnok River in an artistic way, as well as building many parks in the area.

Kim called for successfully arranging public buildings, such as theaters, cinemas, sports villages, ice rinks, science and technical libraries, and service facilities, including hotels and department stores, in a rational way in order to turn Sinuiju into a gateway city, the KCNA said in an English dispatch from Pyongyang.

He also ordered an upgrade of the city’s present industrial areas and remodeling of its railway station and airport in a modern way, it said. (Yonhap)


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