September 08, 2017

North Korea’s Trade Troubles Could Point to a Need for Cash

By Elizabeth Rosenberg

Source: The New York Times

Journalist(s) Keith Bradsher

DANDONG, China — After sunset, when American spy satellites can no longer see as well, the main bridge connecting China to North Korea comes to life.

One by one, trucks laden with Chinese goods rumble across Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge here, long an economic lifeline for North Korea. The covered trucks offer little sign of what might be inside, though Chinese customs data offers clues: heavy machinery, refrigerators, even beer.

The data also suggests something else. The trucks are increasingly coming back empty. And that could present a potential weak point that the Trump administration and others could exploit, if China is willing to go along, as they look for ways to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Read the full article in the New York Times.

  • Elizabeth Rosenberg

    Senior Fellow and Director, Energy, Economics and Security Program

    Elizabeth Rosenberg is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economics and Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. In this capacity, she publishes an...