Organized Panel Session
From the early 1950s to late 1960s, Beijing had accepted and trained a large number of interns from North Korea, as one of the 39 cities in China receiving such interns through the bilateral economic and technical cooperation agreement between PRC and DPRK governments. As a political task, the project had extremely high priority to the local government of Beijing. As a direct result, throughout the duration of the project, the local government of Beijing followed instructions from the central government thoroughly and rigorously, upheld the spirit of internationalism and provided North Korea interns with extreme care ranging from their technical training to daily entertainment. When the local government of Beijing was put in an awkward position due to some incidents involving leaking of new technologies to DPRK by some interns, it placed priority on politics and decided to make such technologies available to North Korea generously, to avoid damaging the relations and friendship between the two countries. The project of North Korean interns was rooted in the two countries’ agreement on political objectives and naturally ended due to the deviation of their political ideologies. As an epitome of economic relations between China and North Korea, the project shows an influence that the political relationship has exerted on the economic sphere, and also reflects a structural defect of the two countries’ relations. This case study also illustrates a critical aspect of the relationship between PRC and DPRK that the inter-party relationship between the two communist parties superseded the inter-nation relationship.