Relationship Between North Korean Exports And Exports With China

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With the provided visual of the relationship between North Korean imports and exports with China in Tables 1.1 and 1.2, we can see that between 2005 and 2010, the North Korean economy has increasingly become more and more dependent with China, for not only is Chinese products the number one import within the nation, but China is also the largest consumer of North Korean goods (Nanto). Over time, this has created a large trade deficit with China which is roughly $1.1 billion in total, as the DPRK has a total trade deficit of $1.5 billion, but not only that, outside of North Korean-Chinese relations, the DPRK received almost $363 million in economic assistance from major nations between 2007 and 2009, including North Korea’s worst enemy, the United States (Nanto). This doesn’t even account for the total food aid provided to the nation. Overall, to state that the authoritarian regime of North Korea is flourishing is giving the Kim dynasty more credit than they deserve, considering that the nation cannot even remain economically independent and can’t even feed its own citizens. On a political scale, without a doubt, the People’s Republic of China has always been very authoritarian in scope since the 1949 revolution led by Mao Zedong. For almost thirty years, Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communist Party would try to impose communism into the state, create a state-run economy, and the party controlled all of the citizens’ lives (Minzner). Almost sounds like what the DPRK is…

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