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Wen Jiabao Gets the Red Carpet Treatment From Kim Jong Il

October 7, 2009

By Scott Snyder

Days following the conclusion of China’s 60th anniversary celebration of its founding, Premier Wen Jiabao brought a high-powered delegation to Pyongyang to mark the 60th anniversary of Sino-DPRK ties and to facilitate a dialogue on North Korea’s nuclear issues with Kim Jong Il. This exceptionally large delegation of Chinese senior officials received Pyongyang’s version of a first-class welcome: hundreds of thousands of citizens lining the streets and a personal airport reception by Kim Jong Il. Read the full post.

Scott Snyder directs The Asia Foundation’s Center for U.S.-Korea Policy. Snyder blogged on Global Security about Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s three-day visit to North Korea this week. He was quoted in a recent Associated Press story about North Korea’s suggestion that it may return to nuclear negotiations. He can be reached at

Related locations: China, Korea
Related programs: International Cooperation
Related topics: Center for U.S.-Korea Policy


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