18 Jun '11, 9pm

On on side, North Korea. On the other, "Singapore City": The tale of an unlikely Chinese city

North Korea's recent decision to establish a new economic zone near its border with China will surely bring greater prominence to the Chinese city of Dandong, which sits on the southern banks of the Yalu River, near Korea Bay. Small by Chinese standards compared with the likes of Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Chongxing and Chengdu, metropolitan Dandong nevertheless has a population of over 2.5 million while the city proper has over 800,000 people. It is strategically located to exploit the north-east's rich natural resources and its convenient access to the ocean; it is also a major export production centre in Liaoning province and connected by rail with Shenyang and, across the Yalu, Sinuiju in North Korea. According to China's Ministry of Commerce, Dandong handles roughly half of the country's trade with North Korea, which currently amounts to less than US$2 billion in t...

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