N. Korea bans individual trips to China since March: report
SEOUL, June 16 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has not allowed its people to make individual trips to China since March, a U.S-based media report said Thursday, citing sources in the reclusive country.
A source from the country's Ryanggang Province told Radio Free Asia (RFA) that the North's State Security Ministry has not permitted travel to the neighboring country, and has even traveled to China to instruct North Koreans there to return to home.
The insider said that most North Koreans make trips to China for trade purposes, but their businesses have gone broke due to the regime's ban.
It is known that quite a large number of North Koreans have become "donju" or an affluent middle class who earn money through trade with China.
Literally meaning "masters of money," donju are people who made cash through business ventures. They have also become a powerful driving force within the regime.
Another source from North Hamgyong Province said, however, ethnic Chinese living in North Korea are free to travel to China.
For that reason, many North Koreans are complaining about the regime's measures, saying that they only benefit Chinese traders.