23 May '11, 4am

N.Korean leader in China for \"lessons\"

N.Korean leader in China for \"lessons\"

BEIJING: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il pursued a secretive visit to China on Monday, apparently aimed at taking lessons from Chinese economic development back to his isolated and impoverished nation. His arrival Friday came just ahead of a tripartite weekend summit in Tokyo between China, South Korea and Japan, which agreed North Korea must show sincerity before stalled six-nation talks on its nuclear programme can resume. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao confirmed Kim's visit for the first time on Sunday, telling South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak that the North Korean leader wanted to study China's vibrant economy, according to a Seoul official. A spokeswoman with China's ruling Communist Party told AFP on Monday Kim was still in the country but declined to provide further details. "The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Il, is currently visiting China," said the spokeswoman ...

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