Kim Jong Il makes second trip to China this year

Leader is said to be travelling with son to prepare transfer of power

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Il made his second trip this year to powerful ally China, his country’s biggest source of diplomatic and financial support. This is his second trip to the country, just three months after the last visit. These trips are deemed unusual given that the reclusive leader rarely travels. But his stop in Jilin city in Jilin province in northeastern China was confirmed by two teachers at the Yuwen Middle School. “He definitely came over. But I’m not sure if his son was with him or what time he came,” said one teacher. Another teacher said Kim visited the school in the morning for about 20 minutes. Kim is rumoured to be travelling with a son to consult with Chinese officials on plans to transfer power to the heir apparent. This comes ahead of a meeting next month that may settle his succession and grant the son a key party position.


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