Report: China-North Korea bridge opening postponed indefinitely [The Hankyoreh / 한겨레|Sweet & Sour Socialism Essential Archives]

Article references an Oct. 31, 2014 article in China’s Global Times, however I cannot track down this article independently of its excerpts in The Hankyoreh. – Zuo Shou

Nov.1,2014

By Seong Yeon-cheol, Beijing correspondent

~ No construction has been observed in site around Shinuiju…~

Chinese state media reported on Oct. 31 that the opening of the New Yalu River Bridge, which would link China and North [sic ]Korea, has been postponed indefinitely.

“The New Yalu River Bridge had initially been scheduled to open on Oct. 30, but the opening has been delayed indefinitely,” China’s Global Times reported.

“A survey of the bridge location showed that the south side of the bridge – Shinuiju in [DPR] Korea – remained undeveloped, without any sign of roads or customs facilities. Even worse, [DPR] Korea has not even done any of the basic construction work,” the newspaper said…

…The Global Times also criticized the [DPR] Koreans for not making a serious effort to move forward with construction. “[DPR] Korea is completely absorbed in construction projects in Pyongyang and other major cities, without making any mention of the New Yalu River Bridge,” the paper said…

…Construction began on the New Yalu River Bridge on Dec. 31, 2010. The structure is intended to replace the Yalu River Bridge, which was built in 1937. The current Yalu River Bridge supports both railroad tracks and a road. However, the older bridge is limited in the amount of traffic it can handle, since it can only support trucks with a capacity of 20 tons and below.

Located 10km west of the old bridge, near the mouth of the river, the New Yalu River Bridge is 3,026m long and will carry four lanes of traffic moving in both directions.

“When the New Yalu River Bridge is completed, it will be able to handle 80% of the trade moving between [DPR] Korea and China, which will resolve a logistical logjam. It will also position Dandong to become the biggest base inside China for trade with [DPR] Korea,” the metropolitan government [sic] of Dandong has said…

Excerpted and edited by Zuo Shou

Full article link here: http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_northkorea/662478.html

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