The Korean paper cites diplomatic sources in Seoul, that in order to ease the labour shortage in the three Northeast provinces, the authorities have decided to let in 20,000 North Korean labourers to work as “industrial study students”. An enterprise in Tulin, Jilin Province has recently employed 29 North Korean women and another batch of 160 North Korean women will be sent to that area. Sources say the monthly pay for a North Korean worker exceeds US$150.
In my previous posts on Sino-North Korean and US-North Korean relations, I said that China would be benefited from North Korea’s isolation in exploiting North Korea’s cheap labour and rich natural resources. It seems this process has now begun on quite a large scale.
A better way is for China to set up joint ventures in North Korea, but perhaps the conservative officials there are difficult to deal with. Allowing North Korean labourers into China does enable China to get cheap labour, but there may be setbacks:
First, judging by the trouble caused by North Korean navy pirates and army bandits, allowing male workers may worsen China’s public security situation; therefore, it seems that China is clever to employ mostly women from North Korea;
Second, I do not know why Korean girls are better looking than Chinese girls on average. Their family education makes Korean girls obedient and responsible wives. When I worked in Qingdao in the past, I often heard Chinese boys say that they wanted to marry Korean girls. Due to preference of boys, there is already a sex imbalance in China of about 108 boys to 100 girls of the same age. Despite this, Chinese girls have difficulty finding husbands. When lots of North Korean women are allowed to work in China, there will be a flood of good looking North Korean girls for Chinese boys to marry. It will then be even more difficult for Chinese girls to find husbands.
- North Koreans demand RMB1.2 million ransom for 3 Chinese fishing boats (chinadailymail.com)
- In the News – China allows N. Koreans to leave for Seoul: reports (mouonekorea.wordpress.com)
- Chinese Regime to Crack Down Harder on North Korean Refugees (theepochtimes.com)