North Korean restaurants in China remain open


To comply with sanctions on North Korean companies operating abroad, China set a deadline of January 9 to shut down all North Korean companies in the country.

  • “Some North Korean restaurants in Beijing are still accepting reservations beyond this date,” and some companies “have evaded sanctions by changing their ownership structure and transferring majority stakes to Chinese investors,” according to Caixin.
  • “Stopping people from freely visiting North Korea is a human rights issue. You are evil,” one official at the office of North Korean International Travel Agency in the Chinese border city of Dandong told Channel News Asia, which has also reported on a number of North Korean businesses that plan to stay open.