(CGTN) Tuesday marks the deadline for DRPK businesses in China to close down following a 120-day notice issued by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce last year in accordance with a UN Security Council resolution.
In Shenyang, northeast China's Liaoning Province, a CGTN crew was not welcomed by waitresses at a renowned DPRK restaurant when they tried to film outside the venue. The staff might not be in the city much longer, as all DPRK companies operating in the country are required to cease business.
Lv Chao, an expert on Korean studies from the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences. /CGTN Photo
Lv Chao, an expert on Korean studies from the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences, said he was told by DPRK diplomats he recently met that China has been strict in imposing sanctions on their country. He said they were acting helplessly when discussing the issue of the business closure.
Away from Shenyang, the Sino-DPRK friendship bridge in the border city of Dandong was closed down for 10 days last month for repair work. The bridge has re-opened for service, but it is no longer the bustling gateway for cross-border trade it used to be, as a result of the sanctions.