North Korea

Execution of Kim Jong Un's Uncle Endangers China-North Korea Relations

Was in charge of relations with China

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The execution last week of Jang Song Thaek, North Korea's de facto No. 2 leader, has taken its toll on a joint project with China to develop Hwanggumphyong island across the border from this city in Liaoning province.

Jang, uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was believed to be in charge of relations with China and overall economic affairs. His purge could continue to have further ramifications on economic cooperation with and investment from China.