N Korean leader Kim tours Chinese border cities
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 29, 2010, 22:09
Changchun: North Korean leader Kim Jong Il apparently toured several Chinese border cities on Sunday while on a secretive trip reportedly aimed at drumming up support for a succession plan involving his youngest son.

Reporters have followed a motorcade, apparently used by the reclusive Kim, around several cities in northeast China.

The 35-vehicle convoy accompanied by police cars with flashing lights was seen headed to the train station in Changchun yesterday.

In a photograph carried by Japan's Kyodo News agency, a man in a khaki jumpsuit with thinning hair believed to be Kim is seen shaking hands at the train station with a man it identified as a senior Chinese official. The two men are standing on a red carpet and are surrounded by many officials.

Kim rarely leaves North Korea and when he does he travels by special train. South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported today that Kim was believed to have travelled to Yanbian, a Korean autonomous prefecture in the far northeastern Chinese province of Jilin bordering North Korea, after leaving Changchun.

Kim is believed to have toured the cities of Yanji, Tumen and Hunchun in Yanbian, Yonhap reported, citing an unidentified source in Beijing. It said Kim would likely return home later today.


First Published: Sunday, August 29, 2010, 22:09

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