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Chinese borders with Korea and Russia
2001

Everyday, bus loads of Russians cross the Chinese border to visit towns such as Suifenhe in order to buy cheap Chinese goods. They are entrepreneurs, here for business and also for a good time. There are even bars catering for the Russians and Russian prostitutes. The items on the market range from textile to timber to scrap metal. However behind this legitimate business, there is a parallel economy of black market trade, prostitution and organised crime. In contrast, the North Korean border is deadly quiet. The tragic situation across the Tumen river means that there is regular influx of North Korean refugees crossing the borders into China.

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