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China-N.Korea Trade Volume Doubles in First Quarter of 2011 Updated: 2011-06-06 00:00:00 KST

Trade between North Korea and China nearly doubled in the first quarter of this year compared to 2010.
China's imports of North Korean goods, which were valued at around 401-million US dollars, increased 214-percent, while its exports to the North, worth about 570-million dollars, rose by only 59-percent year-on-year.
As China's imports significantly increased overall during this period, its trade surplus with its communist neighbor shrank about 27 percent compared to last year.
The top items China imported from the North included anthracite, iron, and zinc alloys, mostly mining resources.
China's import of anthracite in the first quarter surged about 1300-percent compared to the same time last year.
Meanwhile, North Korea imported items like crude oil, gasoline, wireless phones, and coal from its last remaining ally.
Korea's YTN News Agency reports that North Korea's import of mobile phones, which appear to be all old models, increased about 330-percent from a year earlier.
And North Korea's import of gasoline during the first quarter of this year increased 120-percent compared to 2010.
Experts say that the increase in gasoline imports likely has to do with its intensified military training since its attack on the South Korean warship Cheonan and the shelling of the South's Yeonpyeong Island last year.
Kim Yeon-ji, Arirang News.
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