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The region to the north of Beijing’s Fifth Ring Road is dominated by Tiantongy
uan, an enormous neighborhood reputed to be the largest residential area in Asia that houses approximately 700,000 people.
The area, which is home to more than 3 percent of the city’s population, mainly migrant work
ers, is nicknamed “Sleeper Town” because a lack of amenities and entertainment facilities mean most of the residents only go there to rest.
Located at the end of subway line 5, a major route connecting the downtown to the northern
suburbs, Tiantongyuan attracted its huge population as a result of its low property prices and relatively convenient location.
However, its dilapidated condition is a major headache for the city and the area faces a ho
st of problems, including a lack of infrastructure, both social and industrial, allied to heavy traffic congestion.
Priced at 2,650 yuan per square meter in 1999, Tiantongyuan was built to provide affordable housing
. Nearly 20 years later, property prices in the community have risen more than fourteenfold to 38,000 yuan ($5,600) per sq m.
SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in will consult with U.S. President Donald Trump in the near future on th
e second summit between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States, South Korea’s presidential Blue House said Sunday.
Kim Eui-keum, Blue House spokesman, told a press briefing that the leaders of South Korea and the United States will make a d
iscussion on the second DPRK-U.S. summit in the near future, saying the exact schedule will be unveiled as soon as preparations are made.
Moon and Trump would reportedly have a phone conversation in the foreseeable future.
The Moon-Trump dialogue would come after top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un and Trump agreed to meet again later this mon
th in Hanoi, Vietnam. Kim and Trump held their first summit in Singapore in June last year.
Stephen Biegun, U.S. special representative for DPRK affairs, visited Pyongy
ang earlier this week to consult with his DPRK counterparts on the planned second Kim-Trump summit.
The Blue House spokesman said he heard that Pyongyang and Washington had a
greed to continue negotiations at a third country in Asia in the week beginning Feb. 17.
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wi
ll have talks in the near future, while Chung Eui-yong, top Blue House national security advisor, will cl
osely exchange information with White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, the spokesman added.