September 04, 2015 12:52
North Korea has remained tight-lipped about China's massive military parade on Thursday celebrating the end of World War II in a sign of rocky relations with its long-time ally.
The North may be particularly perturbed by the warm welcome given to South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who stood alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping at the event while Choe Ryong-hae, a powerful secretary in North Korea's Workers Party, was relegated to the far side.
The state-run [North] Korean Central News Agency merely reported that Choe departed to China without any coverage of the military parade.
Choe spent just a day in Beijing before returning home after a luncheon, apparently without meeting Xi.
"Pyongyang would feel uncomfortable while watching how close South Korea and China have grown," one diplomatic source said.
Another source however said Choe's visit to Beijing would present an opening for a thaw in the chilly relations.
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