Chinese engineers are currently working on a $6.3 billion high-speed rail linking China with North Korea.
The rail is one of three China plans to build to “bring North Korea closer into China’s economic orbit.”
According to The Wall Street Journal, this construction could stifle any progress U.S. President Barack Obama might have made regarding North Korea when he meets with China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, later this week.
There is currently a difference between what China says regarding North Korea and what China does. Their “rhetoric conveys exasperation with the neighbor it continues to prop up” but their actions suggest an “ambitious plan” to “expand trade, investment, and infrastructure around its North Korean border as part of a strategy to prop up a buffer against U.S. forces in Asia.”
The high-speed rail currently under construction is expected to be completed in 2016.
Follow AWR Hawkins on Twitter @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.