China ups use of N. Korean harbors to ship products south

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China, for the first time… is using North Korea′s Rajin harbor to ship food and supplies to its southern regions.
Kim Hyun-bin looks into how Rajin could become an important connecting point for President Xi Jinping′s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.
Chinese ships have been taking advantage of a new sea route using North Korea′s Rajin harbor and apparently, the arrangement is working out.
Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday that an estimated 600 tons worth of Chinese food and lumber was ported in Rajin last year, en route to Shanghai.
Xinhua emphasized that Rajin opens up a third major food supply route… for Beijing, adding to its combination of pre-existing road, rail, and sea routes.
In 2015, China′s total food production reached over 620 million tons, with roughly 24 percent of those products coming from three northeast Chinese cities including Jilin, and Liaoning.
They account for a huge portion, considering there are only five cities in Northeast China that are capable of exporting food supplies.
Beijing began using the North Korean port after signing an agreement with Pyongyang in late 2000 for the right to use Rajin and Chungjin harbors for up to 50 years.
Intially, it used Rajin to mainly export coal but starting last year it began to support shipments of other goods.
Experts say as Chinese President Xi Jinping continues to push his One Belt, One Road initiative, to develop a modern day Maritime Silk Road, Beijing will only ramp up its use of Rajin.
China is eagerly searching for a new trade route in the East Sea that is able to connect to the European market.
Rajin is growing to become one of North Korea′s biggest international ports and with it′s prime location in the northeast of the country, many believe the city has the potential to develop into a Eurasia marine transport hub in the near future.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.

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Post time: Jan-10-2018
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