China reports surge in exports to North Korea

China reports surge in exports to North Korea

China reports surge in exports to North Korea

He said China was abiding by.

A Chinese government official said Thursday that China-North Korea trade was worth $2.6 billion in the first half of 2017, up about 10% over the same period a year ago.

"We will continue to strictly and earnestly implement the North Korea-related Security Council resolution in its entirety", said Geng at a regular news briefing.

"Simple accumulated data can not be used as evidence to question China's severe attitude in carrying out UN Security Council resolutions", Huang told a press briefing.

He pointed to a 13.2 per cent drop in imports from North Korea in the same period as an example of the pressure, adding that there have been sharp decreases every month since March.

"As neighbours, China and North Korea maintain normal business and trade exchanges", he said, adding that goods for ordinary people and those used for humanitarian reasons are not subject to sanctions.

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China announced in February the suspension of coal imports from the North, striking a blow at a major source of income for the hermit state.

"Trade between China and North Korea grew nearly 40 per cent in the first quarter".

The surprising trade data comes ahead of US-China talks in Washington next week where they are expected to assess the results of a 100-day action plan aimed at improving trade ties between the economic rivals.

China's ambassador to the United States said just this week that reports of trade growth between his country and North Korea, in spite of global efforts to press Pyongyang to give up its nuclear and missile programs, give "a distorted picture". Trump tweeted on July 5.

For the first five months of the year, China imported 1.840 tonnes of copper, the data showed last month.

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