SHENYANG, Oct 16 (Xinhua) -- A 500-strong delegation from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) that attended the first China-DPRK expo impressed Chinese companies in the way they traded and carried out cultural exchanges.
The five-day 2012 China-DPRK Economic, Trade, Culture and Tourism Expo, held in the border city of Dandong, concluded on Tuesday with 72 agreements of cooperation intent signed. They have a combined value of 1.26 billion US dollars.
Pan Shuang, vice mayor of Dandong, said more than 6,000 Chinese and overseas people from over 20 countries and regions exhibited at and attended the expo. There were talks on 200 projects.
He said the projects related to industries ranging from aquaculture, clothes manufacturing, chemical production, wind power generation equipment, iron steel production to hotel construction.
AT THE EXPO
At the exhibition, the DPRK delegation exhibited ginseng products, food specialties, hand-made Hanbok, a traditional Korean costume, as well as mining and machinery equipment.
Ri Yong Chol, sales manager of Korea Roksan General Trading Corp., which is a ginseng supplier, said "I came to look for Chinese friends and potential business partners. Our company is also seeking opportunities to set up a subsidiary in China to get better access to the Chinese market."
A Korean girl wearing brightly-colored Hanbok and traditional ornaments was selling costumes. "Our factory can make 20 such hand-made Hanboks a day. The clothes are for important occasions with exquisite workmanship and high-quality material," she said.
Liu Songyu, chairman of a Korean garment firm from Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture of Jilin Province, was interested in the business.
"Chinese labor costs have been rising fast. In Yanbian, a garment-factory worker's salary has risen to 2,000 yuan (319 US dollars) a month. While, if the company had a factory in DPRK, it would save a considerable amount on labor costs. I would give a serious thought to that," he said.
Yanbian is a heavily Korean ethnic populated region in China, where people also wear Hanbok during important occasions.
Elsewhere, Huang Zijun, an authorized dealer of Total Petrochemcial, was overwhelmed to obtain 20 orders from the DPRK delegation during the expo.
"I felt their enthusiasm in promoting business at the expo. I believe the DPRK is a big market for petrochemical products like lubricating oil," he said.