September 13, 2010 09:17
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's son and heir apparent Jong-un met Chinese President Hu Jintao during a recent trip to China, North Korean sources claimed Friday.
They said Jong-un, escorted by a team of three bodyguards, accompanied Kim senior on his China tour but traveled in a separate vehicle from his father and behaved as if he were a member of the entourage to avoid exposure to the press.
Kim senior introduced his son to Hu and other Chinese leaders at a dinner in Changchun, Jilin on Aug. 27, the sources said. At the dinner, Kim senior was apparently in high spirits and drank more than a bottle of the Chinese white liquor maotai. Some members of his entourage also drank a lot, they added.
It seems the Chinese leadership promised Kim senior to stand by the North as before when power is handed down to Jong-un.
Meanwhile, sources said China drastically increased aid to North Korea since last year. In addition to free grants, China is persuading the North to conduct economic reform through economic cooperation.
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