At the isolated border crossing in this small Chinese town, no one noticed when North Korea conducted its nuclear test in an underground mine about 90 miles away. Nearly three weeks later, no one seems to have noticed the recent United Nations sanctions against North Korea, either.
Truckers carrying goods into North Korea across the sludge-colored Tumen River (ÂõæÈó®Ê≤≥Ôºâsay inspections are unchanged on the Chinese side. Customs agents rarely open boxes here or at two other border crossings in this mountainous region, truckers and private transport companies say.
Nor are any fences visible, like the barrier under construction near China’s busiest border crossing at the city of Dandong(‰∏π‰∏úÔºâ. There were early reports that inspectors in Dandong were at least opening trucks for a look, but so far statistics and anecdotal reports in the Chinese news media indicate that, essentially, everything remains the same. [Full Text]