Senior N.Korean Official Arrives in Beijing

  • By Ahn Yong-hyun

    September 03, 2015 12:10

    Choe Ryong-hae, a powerful secretary in North Korea's Workers Party, arrived in Beijing on Wednesday to attend 70th anniversary celebrations of the end of World War II.

    Choe Ryong-hae

    Choe flew to Shenyang by Koryo Air and on to Beijing by domestic carrier, a changeover that included a three-hour wait.

    On arrival in Beijing he rushed to a dinner hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

    He was welcomed at the Beijing airport by Ji Jae-ryong, the North Korean ambassador to China.

    "Choe didn't fly on a chartered plane, which suggests that he isn't a special envoy of Kim Jong-un," a North Korea source speculated. "That means he's not carrying a personal letter from Kim."

    He is therefore unlikely to get a special one-on-one meting with Xi.

    Back in May 2013, Choe flew to Beijing on a chartered plane as Kim's envoy and delivered a personal letter from Kim.

    But he may well rub shoulders with President Park Geun-hye, who is also at the celebrations.

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