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June 1, 2011

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il concluded his seventh trip to China and his third to China in little over a year earlier this week. According to Xinhua News Agency, this year marks the 50th anniversary of a friendship and cooperation treaty between North Korea and China. During his visit, Kim met with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao to enhance levels of bilateral cooperation and discuss trade and economic development between the two countries. In a press briefing, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ms. Jiang Yu emphasized the economic nature of Kim’s visit, remarking, “Over the years China, within its means, has provided some assistance to (North Korea) aimed at helping it improve its people’s livelihood and developing its economy.”

Kim’s visit comes on the heels of troubled times for North Korea, which faces international isolation and sanctions over its nuclear program and suffers from a severe food shortage domestically. A U.S. envoy for human rights visited North Korea this week to determine the severity of the food shortage.


For further information on Kim Jong Il’s visit to Beijing, please see the following news sources and commentary:

Wall Street Journal – “When Kim toasts, Chinese heard it before

CNN – “Report: North Korea’s Kim wants talks

CNN – “Why Kim Jong Il visited China

Guardian – “Kim Jong-il puts son and sun on agenda during China mission

BBC News – “China trip by North Korean leader Kim Jong-il ends

Xinhua News – “DPRK hails Kim’s China trip as historic event

Xinhua News – “Kim calls for early nuclear talks resumption

Xinhua News – “China, DPRK seek stronger bonds as Kim Jong Il visits

Global Times – “Kim Jong Il leaves Beijing after meeting with Hu

Bloomberg – “U.S. Urges ‘Extreme Caution’ as North Korea Opens Economic Zone with China