Deeper Economic and Political Ties With Beijing
The completion and opening of the new bridge, which cuts across the Yalu River, holds great significance for the two Asian neighbors but most especially for North Korea. China happens to be NoKor’s biggest and most important trading partner, a market for its number export product, coal.
The year 2017 however saw a slight setback of export activity when Beijing decided to throw its support for the sanctions against Pyongyang for allegedly breaking its commitment to denuclearize.
The US, meanwhile, has been urging the Hermit Kingdom to halt its nuclear weapons development activity in the region and allow international ruling bodies to inspect its weapons program.
Things went well between the two in 2018 when Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing – the first ever to be done by a North Korean head.
With its willingness to continue building the bridge, it is apparent that China really has the intention to improve and cement further its trading and exchange relations with North Korea.
North Korea, on the other hand, has long been calling for economic development assistance in the midst of crippling sanctions imposed by the White House.