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N. Korea: Speculation rises on Kim Jong-unís visit to China
Korea Times ^ | 01/02/12 | Kim Young-jin

Posted on 01/02/2012 5:21:18 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster

01-02-2012 18:30

Speculation rises on Kim Jong-un’s visit to China

By Kim Young-jin

Reports that top North Korean officials are preparing to visit China fueled speculation Monday that new leader Kim Jong-un could soon visit his country’s main ally to shore up support after the death of his father, late ruler Kim Jong-il.

Multiple local reports citing sources familiar with the matter said Jang Song-thaek, Kim’s powerful uncle and Kim Yong-nam, the North’s titular head of state, were ironing out the details of a visit to meet with Beijing officials.

Given their reported closeness to the Kim family, some observers said the trip could be a precursor to one by Jong-un, who the North has dubbed its “Supreme Leader.” Others, however, said the 20-something needed to further consolidate his power before taking such a trip.

The Dec. 17 death of the late ruler has spawned concerns over his inexperienced son’s ability to lead the impoverished country of 24 million. Many see Beijing, the North’s main ally and economic partner as playing a key role in ensuring stability.

“Kim Jong-un is likely to make a symbolic visit to China after he consolidates power to signal their special relationship,” Yoo Ho-yeol, a North watcher at Korea University said. He added such a move is likely only after Kim becomes General Secretary of the ruling Workers Party.

(Excerpt) Read more at koreatimes.co.kr ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; kimjongun; nkorea

1 posted on 01/02/2012 5:21:24 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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Speculation rises on Kim Jong-un’s visit to China

By Kim Young-jin

Reports that top North Korean officials are preparing to visit China fueled speculation Monday that new leader Kim Jong-un could soon visit his country’s main ally to shore up support after the death of his father, late ruler Kim Jong-il.

Multiple local reports citing sources familiar with the matter said Jang Song-thaek, Kim’s powerful uncle and Kim Yong-nam, the North’s titular head of state, were ironing out the details of a visit to meet with Beijing officials.

Given their reported closeness to the Kim family, some observers said the trip could be a precursor to one by Jong-un, who the North has dubbed its “Supreme Leader.” Others, however, said the 20-something needed to further consolidate his power before taking such a trip.

The Dec. 17 death of the late ruler has spawned concerns over his inexperienced son’s ability to lead the impoverished country of 24 million. Many see Beijing, the North’s main ally and economic partner as playing a key role in ensuring stability.

“Kim Jong-un is likely to make a symbolic visit to China after he consolidates power to signal their special relationship,” Yoo Ho-yeol, a North watcher at Korea University said. He added such a move is likely only after Kim becomes General Secretary of the ruling Workers Party.

Beijing has been signaling its commitment to its ally since the announcement of Kim Jong-il’s death last month, with President Hu Jintao recently congratulating the young leader on his appointment as commander of the North’s military.

Yoo said any trip by the two North Korean officials would likely be to thank Beijing for its support and brief officials on the situation in Pyongyang. China may offer aid to help the North celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of its founder, Kim Il-sung in April, he said.

Analysts expect China, already the North’s major source of trade and aid, to boost cooperation in a bid to steady Kim’s hand. Beijing is said to be highly concerned about potential instability at its borders.

Kim Jong-il made multiple visits to China in recent years, seen as efforts to boost cooperation amid Pyongyang’s growing isolation over its nuclear program.

2 posted on 01/02/2012 5:23:57 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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On thing that has not been mentioned: how will Kim Jong-un travel to China? Will it be by train or by airplane? (His faster was notorious for not wanting to travel by airplane, traveling to China in a special train instead.)


3 posted on 01/02/2012 5:30:33 AM PST by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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The old guy with all the medals didn’t get the memo.......

Gray parkas are out. Green great coats are in


4 posted on 01/02/2012 5:34:28 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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He may want to try his daddy’s train. Such a waste to mothball it.


5 posted on 01/02/2012 5:47:23 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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Kim Jong-il is dead [Main Thread]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2822160/posts


6 posted on 01/02/2012 5:51:00 AM PST by AdmSmith (GCTGATATGTCTATGATTACTCAT)
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I wonder if he’s afraid of flying like his dad was...


7 posted on 01/02/2012 5:59:27 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Gimme that old time fossil fuel.)
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It sounds like medieval Europe, when a new holder of a title had to travel to the court of his sovereign to swear fealty. E.g. the King of England, in his capacity as Duke of Normandy, was nominally a vassal of the King of France.

It's amazing how Communism is just a throwback to primitive times.

8 posted on 01/02/2012 6:16:53 AM PST by hellbender
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Do they not have heat in their buildings? Have seen several pictures where heavy coats are being worn inside. Maybe they are just photo op pix.


9 posted on 01/02/2012 6:51:59 AM PST by miele man
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This presents opportunities. Duly noted. My guess? Train.


10 posted on 01/02/2012 8:55:32 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (If FR slowly morphs from anti-Romney, via rationalizing, into supporting, as for McCain, FR is over)
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No heat.


11 posted on 01/02/2012 8:57:02 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (If FR slowly morphs from anti-Romney, via rationalizing, into supporting, as for McCain, FR is over)
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I not suprise he has pay a visit to BIG Brother China LOL!


12 posted on 01/02/2012 9:32:37 AM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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Yeah be such a waste LOL! not used Daddy toys LOL!


13 posted on 01/02/2012 9:33:57 AM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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