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N. Korea: Kim reaches Yangzhou for Jiang meeting(also peeked into discount store)
JoongAng Daily ^ | 05/24/11 | Christine Kim, Lee Young-jong

Posted on 05/23/2011 9:02:01 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Kim reaches Yangzhou for Jiang meeting

Doesn’t seem to have met with Hu, but manages retail therapy at discount store

May 24, 2011

A boat carrying security personnel and other unidentified people tours the Slender West Lake park area, which was closed to the public in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, yesterday during Kim Jong-il’s visit. The boat was part of a convoy of four making a tour of the scenic area, which was placed under tight security in the morning. [REUTERS/YONHAP]

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il spent the fourth day of his trip to China in Yangzhou, apparently for a meeting with former Chinese President Jiang Zemin. He apparently hadn’t met current Chinese leaders, one of whom, Premier Wen Jiabao, was in Japan meeting with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan.

Kim’s heavily guarded train entered Yangzhou Station around 7:55 p.m. Sunday night, local time.

Korean media quoted diplomatic sources saying that Kim met with Jiang after arriving in the city and requested economic assistance and discussed the imminent succession of Kim Jong-un, his youngest son and heir apparent. Yangzhou is Jiang’s hometown.

The meeting was not made public nor confirmed by Chinese or North Korean authorities. The last meeting between the two men reported by Chinese media was in 2006.

Yesterday morning, Kim departed from his hotel at around 9 a.m. in a convoy of 15 luxury vehicles. His destination was allegedly an industrial complex, although the names of the factories or businesses he visited are not known.

After the visit, Kim returned to his Yangzhou hotel and wasn’t seen leaving for an extended period, except to visit a nearby discount store with his entourage, witnesses said.

Locals in the area and other Chinese have criticized Kim Jong-il’s trip to China online. On one of China’s popular social networking services, Sina Weibo, several Internet users supported economic cooperation between the two countries, but others were hostile.

“Every time Kim Jong-il comes to town, the train schedules become a mess,” said one user identified as “Cai.” “It’s so annoying.”

Other users microblogged saying Kim’s visit was “a hassle” and that he had come to China again “for food.”

Analysts and diplomatic sources in South Korea believe that Kim Jong-il’s visit was rushed due to the urgency of the food crisis within North Korea. But they also believe Kim made the trip to get more Chinese support to bequeath power to Kim Jong-un.

It was not clear yesterday whether Kim Jong-un accompanied his father.

Although Beijing officially welcomes the succession of Kim Jong-un, its reported rebuffing of a solo trip to China by the heir apparent suggests a more complicated reaction.

Last October, after Kim Jong-un was made a four-star general and given a high position within the Workers’ Party, China sent a delegation of representatives and congratulated “the new leadership” of North Korea. In February, Meng Jianzhu, minister of the public security of China, also offered congratulatory words to Kim Jong-il for “solving the succession problem well.”

However, analysts now believe that those statements were to maintain the facade of good relations and to maintain China’s power over the North, and that the younger power elite in China does not welcome the 20-something Kim Jong-un taking over North Korea.

“The leadership in China is very doubtful of the third-generation succession in North Korea,” said Cheong Seong-chang of the Sejong Institute. “They are releasing statements that satisfy North Korea just enough in order to maintain the influence they have over the North.”

This has led some to believe that Kim Jong-il met with Jiang Zemin - who still wields clout behind the scenes in Chinese politics - after intentionally bypassing Beijing and the current authorities in power.

Analysts also see significance in Kim’s visit occurring at the same time Wen is in Japan talking with South Korea’s president. They say Beijing wants to boost its diplomatic influence in inter-Korean relations by talking to both Koreas at once. Two of Kim’s three visits to China in the past year were made about when important meetings were held between South Korea and China.

In Seoul, Ministry of Unification spokesman Chun Hae-sung said yesterday that although the government is aware of Kim’s visit to China, confirmations could not be made until North Korea or China officially report the visit.

Chun also played down the current food crisis in the North, saying that the government believes that the food situation is not particularly worse right now compared to previous years.

By Christine Kim, Lee Young-jong []

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; kimjongil; nkorea; yangzhou
Opinions are abound about what Chia Head is really up to in Yangzhou. I have a feeling that China jacked up the price for going along with NK's nuke and Chia's son as his successor. Some commentators are injecting their hope into their analysis and saying that he may give up on nukes in exchange for large economic help from China. However, he can get it from S. Korea or U.S., too, if he does so. He wants to keep nukes and install his son as the next leader. Only China can get along with them and still give economic help. That is why he is clinging to China. However, I wonder if the price of China's accommodation is going up to the level Chia Head cannot tolerate. I am not sure what that price may be. Ceding some sovereign control to China perhaps? Stationing Chinese advisers to counsel economic or military affairs? Overt presence of Chinese overseers inside NK government.
1 posted on 05/23/2011 9:02:09 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; nw_arizona_granny; ...


2 posted on 05/23/2011 9:02:58 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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That he can’t get an audience within the current leadership speaks volumes............

3 posted on 05/23/2011 9:11:46 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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I think Chia Head will have a chance to meet Hu Jintao on his way back from Southern China. Unless he is pissed off and goes straight home. China may be paring off some protocols afforded to Chia Head previously. The government mouthpiece, Global Times, reported his visit. Previously, his visit was not confirmed until after his return. It remains to be seen if they assigned less important officials to accompany Kim than previously. That would be a real dress-down.
4 posted on 05/23/2011 9:24:36 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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IF he does not get to speak with any officials, other than a ‘former’ premier, then he will be humiliated...................

5 posted on 05/23/2011 10:14:13 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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He’s so ronery...

6 posted on 05/23/2011 10:17:20 AM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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Chia Pet stop at Chinese Wal mart who knew LOL!

7 posted on 05/23/2011 11:16:39 AM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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Excellent analysis. Very much in tune with my understanding of Chinese politics - policy - diplomacy. “The more things change the more things stay the same”, as Sun Tzu might have put it.

8 posted on 05/24/2011 11:00:06 PM PDT by Iris7 ("Do not live lies!" ...Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)
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