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China's automaker mulls investment in N. Korea

All Headlines 16:55 August 27, 2013

SEOUL, Aug. 27 (Yonhap) -- A major Chinese automaker has expressed its intention to invest in a project to build a car manufacturing factory in North Korea, the North's media said Tuesday.

FAW Group Corp., a Chinese state-owned automotive manufacturing firm, signed a letter of intent last week with North Korea's Rason regional government to invest in the construction of the factory, the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

The agreement is a preliminary step to conclude an official deal for the investment.

The deal was made during the third round of the exhibition for international goods held in the North Korean city last week, according to the KCNA.

The impoverished communist country designated Rason, located on its northeastern tip, as a special economic zone and has been actively seeking an overseas investment in the region.

During the exhibition, China's Heilongjiang regional committee on trade promotion and Rason's economic committee signed an agreement to boost cooperation. Heilongjiang province is located in the northeastern part of China.

Stressing Chinese firms' investment in the Rason region, an unidentified official from the Chinese body vowed "to transport goods from its region to Shanghai via Rason ports," according to the report.

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