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A truck crosses the Friendship Bridge from Dandong in China to Sinuiju in North Korea.    © Reuters

North Korea's mysterious trade deficit with China -- in charts

Pyongyang continues to finance imbalance, despite lack of foreign capital

BEN HEUBL, Data Journalist | North Korea

LONDON -- The Chinese government has, on paper at least, adhered fully to U.N. Security Council sanctions against North Korea, and Beijing's trade statistics support the party line.

But even when the numbers appear to add up, official data often leaves more questions than answers regarding what passes between the two countries and how.

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