Extra! Korea

May 17, 2010

Kim Jong-il cut trip short after China’s rebuke

Filed under: Kim Jong-il, North Korea — extrakorea @ 7:18 am

Kim Jong-il’s visit to China was scheduled to last from last May 2nd to the 7th, but Kim cut it short and returned home one day early. Why?

According to the Chosun Ilbo:

“Maybe Kim was upset that China mentioned the succession and reform and opening of its economy,” the paper [the Asahi Shimbun] quoted the source as speculating.

However, according to the Joongang Daily:

“At the luncheon between Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Kim on May 6, the Chinese government informed the North that China will not provide aid outside the framework of the United Nations Security Council sanctions against Pyongyang,” the source said.

[ snip ]

At the end of the day, he [Zhu Feng, professor at the Peking University’s School of International Studies and deputy director of Center for International and Strategic Studies at the university] said, China didn’t defer to North Korea for the sake of it returning to six-party talks on the shutting of its nuclear weapons program. “Unfortunately, the standoff will continue,” he said.

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1 Comment »

  1. As much as I’ve been a critic of China, I wonder if we may actually be seeing Beijing clearly signaling Pyongyang that there is such a thing as going too far. If so, that could be something of a rule-changer, if not an outright game-changer.

    Comment by kushibo — May 17, 2010 @ 10:31 pm


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