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Showing posts with label Kim Jong Un China. Show all posts
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

North Korean Leader Meets With China's President During 'Unofficial Visit' To Beijing

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a surprise trip to China this week, meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of planned summits with South Korean and U.S. leaders, Chinese and North Korean state media confirmed Wednesday.

The journey, which is believed to be Kim's first foreign trip since he came to power in 2011, adds a new piece to a complex diplomatic puzzle over the future of North Korea's nuclear program.

The announcement ends a mystery that started on Monday, when a mysterious train chugged into central Beijing, spurring reports of a high-profile visitor from North Korea.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) confirmed that the visitor was indeed Kim, along with his wife, Ri Sol Ju, arriving for an "unofficial" visit at the invitation of the Chinese president, Xi Jinping. The confirmation came sometime after the North Korean group is believed to have departed China.

Kim traveled with all his top aides, KCNA said, including Choe Ryong Hae, often called the No. 2 leader of North Korea and the head of the powerful Organization and Guidance Department, and Ri Su Yong, the former ambassador to Switzerland and foreign minister, who is now a top official in the Politburo

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Why Is There An Armored Train In Beijing? Is It Kim Jong Un's?

The Chinese capital is gripped by mystery that includes an armored train, amateur detectives and flurry of Internet searches for "fatty the third."
On Monday afternoon, an unusual train chugged into Beijing Station under tight security. Passengers disembarked and boarded limos. After nightfall, a motorcade drove to a state guesthouse where foreign dignitaries often stay.
But after more than 24 hours of speculation about a possible visit by a senior North Korean leader, perhaps even Kim Jong Un, it is not yet clear who was actually on the train, or why. Was it Kim? His sister? Somebody else?
The White House can't confirm. The South Koreans are quiet. And a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said at a daily press briefing on Tuesday that she has "no information" about the green and yellow train or the very, very long motorcade.
Chinese netizens looking for answers hit a wall: On Tuesday, three of the top 10 blocked terms on Weibo, a microblogging site, were "Kim Jong Un," "North Korea" and "Fatty the third," a popular Chinese nickname for Kim, according to freeweibo.com, a website that tracks censorship.
The fact that nobody is talking is particularly striking given the timing; the train arrived in the run-up to Kim's summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in late April and his possible meeting with President Donald Trump in May.