China and North Korea have signed an agreement to facilitate transportation through and environmental protection of a border river.
According to the agreement inked last Friday in Changchun, capital of northern China's Jilin Province which neighbors North Korea, the two sides will cooperate on the management of navigation buoys and the dredging of part of the Yalu River.
During a nine-day meeting, traffic officials from both sides also discussed measures to prevent environmental damage caused by the dredging works.
The two sides also agreed to tighten management of cargo ships plying the river, according to sources who attended the meeting.
(Xinhua News Agency July 25, 2006)