N.Korea Tries to Cozy Up to China Again

North Korea is cozying up to China after executing former eminence grise Jang Song-taek, who had close ties with Beijing.

Chinese media on Saturday said North Korea took part in an exhibition in China's Hubei Province which opened a day earlier. The exhibition features traditional crafts, liquor, stamps, paintings and other products from China, North Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Hong Kong's Yazhou Zhoukan reported on Friday that Pyongyang sought Beijing's "understanding" right after Jang's execution and asked to discuss a visit to China by Kim Jong-un.

Quoting Chinese officials, the weekly said Pyongyang explained why it had to take radical measures against Jang and insisted that it will continue to cooperate in joint economic projects with China.

Earlier this year, the North sent military Politburo chief Choe Ryong-hae to China to mend fences, apparently signaling that Choe would replace Jang as the top liaison man. But China apparently missed the significance of the message, the weekly added.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 23, 2013 12:53 KST