Danielle Wu and Sangsoo Lee
Kim Jong-il’s Visit to China: An Abiding Friendship?
ISDP POLICY BRIEF, No. 29, May 12 2010.
After days of silence about Kim Jong-il’s recent secretive visit to China, the Chinese and North Korean news agencies Xinhua and KCNA released a statement saying that the traditional friendship
of China and North Korea had been reaffirmed. Some questions remain about whether Kim’s visit
provided a breakthrough for improving North Korea’s difficult political and economic situation and whether it will lead to moves that will decrease the security threat DPRK poses to the region.
China, North Korea/DPRK, Arms Control, Confidence Building Measures, Conflict Management, Conflict Prevention, Sweden
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