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Bridges across the Yalu river connect the city of Dandong, Liaoning province, in northern China and the North Korean city of Sinuiju. North Korea had plans to build an unprecedented autonomous region in Sinuiju. (Getty Images) 
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KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Sixteen years ago, North Korea was planning to create a Hong Kong-like special economic zone inside its borders to spur growth.

Adopting a "one country, two systems" formula, the Sinuiju zone on the northwestern frontier with China was to have full legislative, judicial and administrative autonomy.

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