30 Mar '11, 7am

Report: China strengthens N. Korea border fence - AsiaOne

Report: China strengthens N. Korea border fence - AsiaOne

SEOUL - China has reinforced fences and patrols along parts of the border with North Korea in an apparent bid to ward off a growing stream of refugees from its impoverished neighbour, a report said. Four-metre-high (13.2 foot) fences topped with barbed wire are being erected along the Yalu River around the Chinese city of Dandong facing the North's northwest city of Sinuiju, Yonhap news agency reported late Tuesday. The river, which marks the border in the North's northwest, is a popular escape route for those seeking to flee permanently or to find food in China. Previously the border was only marked by a three-metre-high fence which "anybody could cross if they really wanted", said a Dandong resident quoted by Yonhap in its report from the city. Work on the new fence sections, which currently stretch for about 13 kilometres (8 miles), began last November and is continuing...

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