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  1. Beijing denies Kim Jong-un visited

    Posted Jun 19th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... newspaper on Tuesday. The newspaper quoted sources saying that 26-year-old Kim Jong-un travelled to China, probably last week, on a secret trip to cities including Beijing and Guangzhou. During the trip, the Chinese leadership was supposedly told by a North Korean aide that Kim Jong-un was appointed heir and already held an important post in the Korean Workers' Party. Mr Hu was said ...

  2. Pyongyang's mystery man

    Posted Jun 06th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... on Kim Jong-un being given wide credence. 'Kim Jong-un knows how to be angry and how to praise. He has the ability to lead people,' Mr Fujimoto told Japanese television. 'He also loves basketball, rollerblading, snowboarding and skiing,' he said, adding that his young friend was also a fan of US basketball legend Michael Jordan. He described Kim Jong-un ...

  3. Everything is suddenly in play over North Korea

    Posted Feb 21st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for months before recently re-emerging to meet Chinese envoys. Japanese and South Korean intelligence agencies are telling papers that his Swiss-educated youngest son, Kim Jong-un, is the favoured heir in communism's only dynasty. Kim Jong-un, still in his mid-twenties, is expected to be among new delegates 'elected' to parliament on March 8. If he does head the regime ...

  4. North Korea resorts to time-tested tactics

    Posted Jan 20th 2009, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... that reports say he has decided on a successor. Incapacitated by a stroke, Mr Kim is now said to favour his 25-year-old third son, Swiss-educated Kim Jong-un. Then too, Mr Obama would prefer not to get ... Korea's desire to open diplomatic relations. Complications, however, may slow the process. For one thing, negotiations may be difficult as power shifts in North Korea. Kim Jong-il's health ...

  5. Why no one wants regime change in North Korea

    Posted Jun 17th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... With North Korean ruler Kim Jong-il in failing health and his third son, Kim Jong-un, now confirmed as heir apparent, having reportedly visited Beijing earlier this month to meet President Hu Jintao, expectations are growing that a change in North Korea's leadership is imminent. Little is known about the younger Mr Kim. But although Pyongyang watchers in neighbouring ...

  6. Kim edges Olympic champion Liao

    Posted Dec 10th 2009, 12:00am by Unus Alladin

    ... South Korea's Kim Kwang-hoon upset the form books by taking gold in the men's 77kg gold ahead of Beijing Olympic champion Liao Hui of China at Lai Chi Kok Park Sports Centre last night. Kim, who finished fourth behind Liao at the Beijing Games in the same category last year, was trailing the star lifter after the snatch with a 153kg lift but came good in the clean ...

  7. Smiles and a hug as Kim shows his face again

    Posted Oct 05th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok in Pyongyang Kim Jong-il, arguably the world's most secretive state leader, made a rare appearance in front of foreign journalists as he welcomed Premier Wen Jiabao at Pyongyang airport yesterday morning. It was the first time Kim had publicly appeared in front of the foreign press corp, according to a staff member from the North Korean Foreign Ministry. Aside ...

  8. Kim Basinger badgers designers into giving fur the cold shoulder

    Posted Sep 26th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... On behalf of Peta Asia-Pacific, actress and animal rights activist Kim Basinger has written to leading Hong Kong designer William Tang and urged him to go fur-free. 'During their visits to fur ...

  9. Hu invites Kim again, Pyongyang reports

    Posted Oct 30th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok President Hu Jintao has extended a second invitation within a year to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to visit, Pyongyang's media reported yesterday. Hu relayed ... reception and yielded minor progress in bringing the regime back to international talks on nuclear disarmament. Hu told Choe, who led a delegation to Beijing, that Kim was invited to visit ...

  10. Kim greets Wen in rare reception

    Posted Oct 05th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok in Pyongyang Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday began a highly anticipated visit to North Korea with a rare reception by the hermit state's reclusive leader, Kim Jong-il. ... after suffering a stroke in August last year, Kim welcomed Wen at Pyongyang airport. The encounter indicated the importance the isolated country had given to wooing its most important, ...




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