Third month in a row, China’s shipments to North Korea rose

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China’s shipments to North Korea increased for the third month in a row in August, but remained a fraction of their pre-COVID levels, according to Chinese customs data released on Saturday.

Chinese supplies to North Korea increased from $16.8 million in July to $22.5 million in August. This compared to August 2019 exports of $219 million.

In August, China bought $6.2 million in North Korean goods, up from $4.1 million in July.