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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China's caution to Kim is no empty threat

    Posted Apr 12th 2013, 12:00am by ZHU FENG

    ... and suddenly roaring its disapproval of its ally's reckless threats. China's exceptional tough talk does not necessarily mean that it intends to abandon Kim Jong-un's regime; but, ... than ever. Some ask what "value" Kim's hermit kingdom provides that prevents China from acting decisively; others wonder to what extent Chinese leaders' domestic concerns ...

  2. Kim's death shifts focus of S Korean leader's visit

    Posted Jan 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the 20th anniversary of their diplomatic ties, but the occasion may now also serve to help China continue its influence on the Korean Peninsula after the death of Kim Jong-il, according ... the latest developments in Pyongyang after Kim Jong-un rose to assume leadership of the North upon the death of his father Kim Jong-il last month. Beijing has long been expected to deter Pyongyang ...

  3. Top officials meet Kim Jong-il, reports say

    Posted May 07th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok Senior officials reportedly held talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il on the last day of his highly secretive visit to China yesterday. The reclusive leader ... Kim reportedly visited an information technology compound before meeting Wen at the Diaoyu Guesthouse. He also reportedly talked with President Hu Jintao on Wednesday night. Both Beijing ...

  4. Wen, Kim set the stage

    Posted Oct 10th 2009, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... Donald Kirk Premier Wen Jiabao and North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-il, had tangible rewards to offer one another in their talks in Pyongyang. Kim gave Wen what China wanted- North ... nuclear programme in either bilateral or multilateral talks. The likelihood of Wen's mission having accomplished anything other than raising false hopes was clear from Kim's remarks. ...

  5. Kim's dangerous but effective logic

    Posted May 26th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and the hawkish new government of Lee Myung-bak in Seoul. Fresh doubts about the health of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and a lack of clear succession plans in communism's only dynasty fuelled ... weapons? Rightly or wrongly, there is a cold logic at work in Pyongyang, however strange and paranoid it may appear. Mr Kim's regime appears to understand that the presence of nuclear weapons ...

  6. Bombast rules at Tokyo birthday party for Kim Jong-il

    Posted Feb 16th 2007, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo With characteristic bombast, the head of North Korea's residents' group in Japan declared at a banquet to mark Kim Jong-il's 65th birthday ... A British embassy diplomat attended last year's event but was absent this time. Overall, there were fewer guests present this year to mark Mr Kim's birthday, which actually falls today. ...

  7. Kim Jong-il willing to return to nuclear talks

    Posted Feb 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Khang Hyun-sung in Seoul Kim Jong-il staged a partial climbdown yesterday just 12 days after declaring that talks about his country's nuclear weapons programme were off the agenda. ... in the nuclear weapons saga came after a weekend visit by a senior official from Beijing, the North's increasingly exasperated ally. An official statement released yesterday quoted Mr Kim as saying: ...

  8. With rockets' red glare, Kim Jong-il demands Washington's attention

    Posted Jul 06th 2006, 12:00am by Andrew Salmon

    ... Yesterday's missile tests may also be an attempt to shore up support from his nation's military, writes Andrew Salmon Kim Jong-il has proved it is not just Americans who can ... Christopher Hill has twice refused Pyongyang's requests for bilateral talks. 'They want to talk to the US directly,' added Kim Tae-woo, of the Korea Institute for Defence Analysis. ...


    China caught in a dilemma over crisis with North Korea

    Posted Apr 10th 2013, 12:00am by Teddy Ng

    ... Leadership will not abandon Pyongyang but giving Kim Jong-un free rein is not an option. China and the US may try to contain him Analysts say China is adopting a flexible approach ... rhetoric towards Pyongyang as tensions in the Korean Peninsula rise following provocative moves by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but analysts say the Chinese leadership will not abandon its ally ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Time for China to get tough with North Korea

    Posted Mar 18th 2013, 12:00am by Alice Wu

    ... Alice Wu Alice Wu says that after the Dennis Rodman circus in Pyongyang, China must get tough with North Korea's 'bad boy' Kim Jong-un Basket case Now that Kim Jong-un has ... Rodman personifies, "respect" is not going to be Kim's game plan. So it would seem that all China's "history" with North Korea, and the previous talk about the two ...




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