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Pyongyang officials go to study China reforms
The Korea Joongang Daily ^ | May 16, 2018 | Sarah Kim, Yeh Young-June and Shin Kyung-Jin

Posted on 05/15/2018 6:35:26 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

A delegation of Workers’ Party Central Committee senior officials traveled from Pyongyang to Beijing Monday to learn from China’s economic reforms. Their visit follows diplomatic warming between North Korea and China following recent back-to-back summits by their leaders

The North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Tuesday that Pak Thae-song, a vice chairman of the Central Committee, led the delegation to China for a friendly visit without further elaborating.

The delegation was greeted by a Chinese Communist Party official and North Korea’s ambassador to China upon arrival at the Beijing International Airport Monday. They headed to Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, where foreign dignitaries often stay. They also visited Zhongguancun in Beijing, known to be “China’s Silicon Valley,” which North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited in late March.

A source familiar with North Korea affairs said that “observing China’s socialist economic system and exchanging experience about ruling the state was an important goal of the Workers’ Party officials’ visit. They want to learn from China’s experience in maintaining a strong one-party Communist system while carrying out economic reform.”

Lu Kang, spokesman of the Chinese foreign ministry, confirmed in a briefing Tuesday that the delegation’s visit kicked off the previous day on the invitation of its Communist Party’s International Liaison Department. Lu added that the North Korean officials visited to “observe economy building and reform in China” and that the two parties also shared experiences on ruling the state.

The previous day, Lu said the two countries “maintain normal exchanges” but did not confirm the visit. North Korea is scheduled to hold a summit with the United States next month and, taking into consideration that the meeting goes well, appears to be eying the prospects of an easing of sanctions and steps to develop its economy.

The North’s Workers’ Party delegation is expected to observe provincial and city governments and discuss economic cooperation with Chinese officials and return to Pyongyang on May 24. Pak is considered to be a key aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and is said to be in charge of science, technology and education policies for the party.

Other members of the delegation include Ryu Myong-son, a department deputy director of the Central Committee, Kim Nung-o, chairman of the North Pyongan Workers’ Party Central Committee, and Kim Su-kil, chairman of the Pyongyang City Committee of the Workers’ Party.

Their visit follows North Korean leader Kim’s second trip to China in less than two months last week. Kim and Chinese President Xi Jinping held their second summit in Dalian, China’s easternmost port city. Amid easing of diplomatic tensions following their first summit in late March, earlier this month, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Pyongyang. It was the first time a Chinese top envoy visited North Korea in 11 years.

It was reported that the North Korean officials also would brief Beijing officials about U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Pyongyang last week.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: china; communism; korea; trump
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Think about what this means.
1 posted on 05/15/2018 6:35:26 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Pretty amazing.


2 posted on 05/15/2018 6:37:41 AM PDT by Tailback
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North Korea should study up on China

China a Communist Country has sort of adopted Capitalism, they still have an iron grip on the Country but the population seems somewhat satisfied with life unlike in North Korea

3 posted on 05/15/2018 6:40:15 AM PDT by KavMan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe the NK leadership are house hunting.


4 posted on 05/15/2018 6:43:06 AM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Think about what this means.”

a 2020 N-KIA?


5 posted on 05/15/2018 6:43:18 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“go to study China reforms”

NK is also finding out life sucks under communism.


6 posted on 05/15/2018 6:49:15 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: KavMan

If all this works out, one of the main things that needs to be addressed is the concentration camps they run in NK. The psycholigal damage that has been inflicted on the NK people will take at least a generation to repair. Not to mention what to do with all the camp officials who are basically sadistic pathological psychopaths.


7 posted on 05/15/2018 6:51:43 AM PDT by ExpatCanuck
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Add to the list; 100,000’s of NK Army goose-steppers out of a job...


8 posted on 05/15/2018 6:56:59 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Baseball players, gangsters and musicians are remembered. But journalists are forgotten.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Maybe they'll want to trade in their notepads for iPads


9 posted on 05/15/2018 6:58:21 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Marxism: Wonderful theory, wrong species)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

China 2.0 in about 30 years.


10 posted on 05/15/2018 6:58:30 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (My "White Privilege" is my work ethic.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

North Korea’s going to be China’s sweatshop for a few decades.


11 posted on 05/15/2018 7:17:18 AM PDT by struggle
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To: Rennes Templar

If you go and look at the path from the mid-80s to now, people would be shocked at the advancement in China, and the number of millionaires that exist.

Just to suggest to a group of North Koreans that sixty 12-year-old kids in North Korea today, might be by age twenty-five....multi-millionaires, without any government support to achieve that...might shock the visiting folks.


12 posted on 05/15/2018 7:25:31 AM PDT by pepsionice
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Think about what this means.

Strange. Kim Jong Un executed his uncle who advocated exactly this.
13 posted on 05/15/2018 7:40:11 AM PDT by Chad_the_Impaler
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To: Chad_the_Impaler

Guess he wasn’t ready to hear it at that time.


14 posted on 05/15/2018 7:58:09 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Trump happened.

That’s why.


15 posted on 05/15/2018 7:59:37 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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What happened in China is really quite simple.

Chicaps freed from the rigorous impediments of Mao communism went into business and made tons of money that transformed the lives of the people.

People left to their own devices like to work and and make money. South Korea in spite of the chobal’s is a great example.


16 posted on 05/15/2018 8:06:26 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Greetings Jacques. The revolution is coming))
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Exactly!

And isn’t it amazing he world’s leading Communist nation realized that Capitalism was the only way to go, and our Lefties still haven’t gotten the memo.


17 posted on 05/15/2018 8:08:08 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (01/26/18 DJIA 30 stocks $26,616.71 48.794% > open 11/07/16 215.71 from 50% increase 1.2183 yrs..)
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To: bert

The ROK Army kids who worked with us at I Corps were hand-picked sons of the Chobals, flag officers, upper-level bureaucrats and corporate farmers, not typical conscripts. I enjoyed many a delicious meal in their homes. Wish I wasn’t a shut-in, now I’m craving Korean food.


18 posted on 05/15/2018 8:13:03 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve heard the term ‘Chobal’ before. A colleague mused, “Chobal sounds and feels a lot like the word ‘cabal’”

You know more about this I have a feeling. What do you think?


19 posted on 05/15/2018 8:15:27 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Here is another indication that Kim & his ruling leaders perhaps actually do intend to reform!
#winning


20 posted on 05/15/2018 8:18:32 AM PDT by citizen (President Trump: He’s combined The Art of the Deal with Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals. Game over.)
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