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Chinese ambassador calls for deepening economic ties with N. Korea

All Headlines 14:25 September 28, 2015

BEIJING, Sept. 28 (Yonhap) -- A Chinese envoy has urged more Chinese companies to make inroads into the North Korean market, while calling for deepening economic and trade ties with North Korea.

Li Jinjun, China's ambassador to North Korea, made the remarks on Thursday as he visited an annual trade fair in Pyongyang, in which about 110 Chinese firms took part, according to the Chinese Embassy in the North on Monday.

Li urged the Chinese companies to "better understand and enter into the North Korean market."

The Chinese ambassador also "encouraged them to develop friendly relations between China and North Korea and deepen bilateral economic and trade cooperation."

Political relations between North Korea and China remain strained over the North's defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons and missiles, but China is the North's economic lifeline.

About 300 companies from 10 nations, including China, Germany, Singapore and Vietnam, joined the 11th Pyongyang Autumn International Trade Fair, which was held last week, according to the Chinese Embassy.

kdh@yna.co.kr
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