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North Korea swaps rare earth metals with China, for solar power

Plans are underway for the Chinese Government to build a $2.5 billion solar plant near Pyongyang, North Korea, expected to deliver up to 2.5 GW of solar energy capacity. In an announcement last week, the Association of China Rare Earth Industry look set to build a solar park to help alleviate electricity shortages in North Korea, in exchange for mining rights in the northern part of the Pyongyang province. With 2019 marking the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries, the collaboration between the nations in this project is perhaps less unexpected that it initially appears. Despite its history of secrecy, North Korea has been unable to hide its power struggles. Satellite footage of the country can…

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