Glass factory aided by China breaks ground in DPRK

A ground-breaking ceremony of the Dae-an glass factory, donated by the Chinese government to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), was held Thursday morning.

"The glass factory donated by China will greatly encourage the endeavor by the DPRK people to build a 'great, prosperous and powerful nation,' " Jo Yun-hui, minister of Construction and Building Materials Industry of the DPRK, said, adding that "it will become one of the most important symbols of the DPRK-China friendship."

Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China, made a visit to the DPRK last year. Hesaid that the Chinese government is willing to help the DPRK set up a modern glass factory to meet the country's growing demand forglass during its economic and social development.

The factory, located at Dae-an county, 40 kilometers from Pyongyang, is expected to produce 300 tons of glass every day and will go into operation on Oct. 10 next year, the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party of Korea, according to Pyongyang.

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