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North Korea’s state news service, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), boasted that its Chinese counterpart Xinhua praised the country’s seaside resort town of Wonsan, applauding the “fresh development” in North Korea’s economy.
“We could know that progress is being made in all fields of the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] on the way to Wonsan, a coastal city of this country,” KCNA relays Xinhua as reporting. “Buildings for the Wonsan-Kalma coastal tourist area under construction have already taken their shapes, and outer design and afforestation and greening are also very unique.”
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“The changes occurring in the DPRK are all fresh. … These successes are the epitome of the DPRK today, which shows its fresh looks and robust vitality,” Xinhua reportedly informed Chinese readers.
The English-language Xinhua website did not carry an article on Wonsan or the “fresh” economic development in North Korea. Xinhua has in the past, however, encouraged Chinese tourism to the region.
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“Wonsan, facing the Sea of Japan, is known for its beautiful beach scenery,” Xinhua reported in May, announcing that dictator Kim Jong-un had called for “building a world-class beach resort” in Wonsan. This piece, however, was largely a report on KCNA’s coverage of its own country’s development.
This week’s KCNA report is notable because it follows reports in South Korean media that Kim is pressuring Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping to invest in the establishment of a major tourist resort in Wonsan, likely accessible only by approved tourists and individuals belonging to the highest castes of North Korean society. Last month, North Korea forced journalists in the country to cover the alleged shutdown of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site to stay in hotels in Wonsan, requesting flattering coverage of the town.
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