China and North Korea may jointly develop the North’s Rajin-Sonbong special economic zone by investing $3.5 billion over five years from 2011, the Maeil Business Newspaper reported, citing people in Beijing that it didn’t identify.Could it be a continuation of this, which I feel is the real story of North Korea's transformation, not the side show of Kim Jong-un's supposed ascension?
Welcome to the Inner Cháoxiān Autonomous Region. No wonder Beijing is upset that Seoul is talking up reunification: it could jeopardize their investment. China seems to be quite perturbed about North Korea right now, but their plan of action is to transform Little Brother Korea into a copy of their own Manchurian provinces instead of pulling the plug and handing over everything to a staunch ally of the United States.
The Chosun Ilbo has some details on the interactions here and here.