China signals strong support for decaying North Korea economy

File photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, flanked by his uncle North Korean politician Jang Song-thaek, leaving a military parade in PyongyangBEIJING (Reuters) – China on Tuesday promised to help major firms invest in impoverished neighbor North Korea, signaling strong support for the North's untried young leader just as he is believed to be planning reforms to his country's broken economy. Vice Commerce Minister Chen Jian, writing in Communist Party mouthpiece the People's Daily, said priority would be given to two economic zones China and North Korea set up just over a year ago and which would represent a rare major foray by isolated Pyongyang into international commerce. …

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