Skip to comments.N. Korea: Successor Kim Jong-un among China Trip Entourage (S Korea's SBS)
Posted on 05/03/2010 6:16:44 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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"Successor Kim Jong-un among China Trip Entourage" ... Reflect Anxiety over Regime
"Kim Jong-un avoids exposure while moving together"
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N. Korean leader Kim Jong-il has reportedly brought along his third son, the designated successor, for his trip to China. It is believed that Kim Jong-il thought that his son needs China's approval to make his succession official.
Pyo Un-gu reporting from Beijing
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According to a high level source at Liaoning Provincial Government, Kim Jong-il's third son Kim Jong-un accompanied his father in the special train for China trip.
The source, who was involved in actual work of welcoming Kim Jong-il, claimed that he saw Kim Jong-un's name on the visitor's list.
He added that Kim Jong-un completely avoids exposure to outsiders while moving with Kim.
Kim Jong-il's visit is expected to last at most 3 days and 4 nights.
Kim has health problem, and Hu Jintao is scheduled to leave for Moscow on May 8.
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They’re secretly boasting to China about bombing the SK ship and the oil platform and asking China if they want any untraceable jobs done for a reasonable price.
Hey AIT hear anything????
OH NO younger Kim probably visiting Ladies of the night right now LOL!
So, Kim Jong-il is Dalien while his Jong-un plays on the choo-choo.
(A little liberty with the letter J, if you don't mind.)
Thank you for the train-is-moving ping SevenOfNine.
They are staking their prestige for this. Then Kim Jong-il came along and sank Cheonan a month before Expo's official opening. China is wary. There is also a story about another nuclear test in a month. They want to get assurance that Chia Head would keep quiet until the Expo ends(in October.)
In return for keeping quiet, Chia Head gets hundreds of thousand tons of rice. and probably more.
On the other hand, China can also increase its international leverage by deliberately being vague about accommodating wishes of S. Korea and U.S. on pressuring N. Korea in light of Cheonan incident.
China would probably not mind Cheonan incident as long as its fallout does not reach China.
There’s a time and a place for every smart bomb. Thanks TigerLikesRooster.
I bet that there are some high ranking Russian officials there talking to Kim as well.
No problem if you want laugh some of our Devious Freepers prank call Little Kim hotel room ROFL
We need to start the FreeRepublic Deltaforce.
And South Korea said this won’t happen AGAIN
BreakingNews S. Korean president vows to overhaul national security system after March sinking of naval ship - Yonhap News http://bit.ly/dheYJe
First off, Tiger, you’re one of my favorite Freepers. Any time I see a posting by TigerLikesRooster, it becomes a top priority for reading. Your combination of interesting stories and intelligent commentary have made me far more interested in Korean affairs than I ever would have been otherwise.
I do have a question, though. I’ve read an awful lot of North Korean News stories (Drudge has a handy link), almost to the point that I could write an article in that screwy English myself. So many articles seem to be about Kim going to this or that factory or military base or farm and giving “field guidance.” It sounds as though Kim spends half his time on tour. This might actually be a useful policy for a totalitarian despot, as he gets some idea of conditions out in the country and he doesn’t have to depend on getting his information from yes-men who don’t dare tell him any bad news. But do these tours accomplish even that much?
I get the idea that the Chollima Arduous March Fish Farm is informed that Kim is coming. The panic-stricken managers clean the place up fast, splash paint on all visible surfaces, and rehearse the employees for what to do. Then Kim comes, he gets a carefully staged tour of the place, the manager tells him what they do there, he pretends to be interested, then, at the end of the tour, he gives “field guidance,” mainly consisting of setting impossible or absurd goals or tasks to be accomplished concerning an industry he knows nothing about, maybe on how to run the fish farm according to the principles of Juche, which the managers know full well that if actually implemented would result mainly in a lot of dead fish since it’s hard to instill fish with revolutionary do-or-die spirit. Then he leaves with his entourage, the manager and employees breathe a sigh of relief, they put up a plaque in the employee recreation room saying the Dear Leader had been there, and things slowly revert to normal. Meanwhile, the official North Korean news services writes up a report about Kim’s visit to the fish farm in terms making it sound like another glorious feat in the spirit of the generals of Mount Paektu that will contribute to the cause of sounding the advance in the march to making the DPRK a prosperous nation.
And production of fish actually sinks by 40%.
Uhm... something like that, anyway?
Chia Head is not a business manager by training or probably not by nature. But he knows symbols, icons, propaganda and control of population. Propaganda art was one of his early exploits.
He also knows that any effective business activity in his country could become subversive. So even when he pursues limited business projects, they are on very short leash, ready to be pulled on moment's notice. He knows total political control and efficient business are not mutually compatible in general. I think he wants to find some niche where he can earn revenue from business activities while keeping his state control intact. It is not an easy pursuit. He ventured out a little and pulled back at the first sight of things slipping out of his control.
Field guidance is not an effective way to promote productive economy. His frequent photo-ops are geared to show visible reminder that he is in full control. People know he is in control, but it should be reminded frequently via state media. It also keep officials on notice.
That is my take. Thanks for continued interest in Korean matters.