Posted May. 05, 2010 06:57,
North Korean leader Kim Jong Ils visit Tuesday to Dalian, China, is known to reflect Beijings interest in resolving the port citys saturation through the development of the North Korean port of Rajin.
An informed source on the North said Tuesday that Kims trip to Dalian was also aimed at benchmarking the city as a model for the Norths development of Rajin. On the second day of his China visit, the reclusive leader toured a pier at Dalian Economic & Technological Development Zone.
A South Korean government official said Kims visit to Dalian is related to Chinas economic interests as well as aiming to benchmark the port city and attract foreign capital, adding Seoul is watching the situation.
Dalian is a venue for the transport of grain, coal and timber from three northeastern Chinese provinces to southern areas or overseas. Goods are transported on the ground from the provinces to Dalian, from which they are taken elsewhere by ship.
The source said Dalians capacity is saturated and the port can no longer handle logistical transportation from the northeastern provinces.
Chinas economic benefits from the development of Rajin will be enormous given the expected increase in exports, the source added.
The North has refused to develop Rajin but is being compelled to open up the port because of its economic crisis. So Kim Jong Il could ask for massive economic assistance from China during his visit, the source said.