» 08/18/2012, 00.00
CHINA - NORTH KOREA
Kim Jong-un's uncle ends China visit boosting ties between Beijing and Pyongyang
Talks centred on developing special economic zones along the Sino-North Korean border. Jiang Song-thaek has a reputation of being a moderniser in Pyongyang. Although the country is still suffering from mass hunger, the regime will not give up its nuclear programme.
20/05/2011 NORTH KOREA – CHINA
The “third Kim” in China alone means China has accepted his succession
Like his father but without him, the younger Kim arrived by train, and is expected to meet China’s Vice President and future leader Xi Jinping. “In addition to the succession, China appears to have accepted a return to show trials and purges by the heir apparent to secure his hold on the country,” a source tells AsiaNews.
15/02/2005 NORTH KOREA
Is Kim Jong-il preparing his succession or strengthening his hold on power?
There are different views but all agree that something is happening in Pyongyang.
Hu Jintao ally takes over as Shenzhen leader
China’s richest city is taken away from Jiang Zemin’s group as two of its members lose top local posts. But new party boss is “old” and analysts wonder how he will cope with the city’s current challenges like revamping the local electronics industry, attracting bright minds or deciding whether to merger with Hong Kong.
27/05/2011 CHINA - NORTH KOREA
Beijing and Pyongyang "launch" common economic zone
Despite a sea of propaganda, the meeting between Kim Jong-il and Hu Jintao ended with a revolutionary agreement: the creation of at least two areas of joint sovereignty open to the free market. Sources tell AsiaNews: "It's probably only a smoke screen, where China will fling its dissidents and North Korea will hide its weapons."
03/12/2013 NORTH KOREA
Kim Jong-un's uncle removed in Pyongyang's latest purge
Jang Song-thaek, the regime's eminence grise who handled the transition of power after the death of Kim Jong-il, was removed from his post at the National Defence Commission. A major powerbroker in the regime, he is married to the sister of the deceased 'dear leader' and acted as his nephew's guardian. The latter now appears to be on his way to emancipation.
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