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North Korean trade with China continues to shrink, dropping 84%

Pyongyang's commerce with top partner hits 'standstill' on pandemic restrictions

The Friendship Bridge and the Broken Bridge are illuminated at night over the Yalu River, which separates the North Korean city of Sinuiju from Dandong in China.   © Reuters

DALIAN, China -- North Korea's trade with China dropped 84% to $65.72 million in the first six months of the year, statistics released by Beijing on Sunday show, as precautions taken to combat the coronavirus pandemic halted the flow of people and goods from China.

The figure, from China's General Administration of Customs, also is down 95% from the same period in 2019, before the pandemic took root.

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