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May212011

Kim Jong Il Travels to China in Surprise Visit

Pool/Getty Images(CHANGCHUN, China) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il toured a car factory in the northeast Chinese city of Changchun on Saturday, the second day of his secret trip to China.
 
Kim traveled to the factory of FAW, China's second-largest automaker by sales, after arriving at Changchun's train station, a source told South Korea's Yonhap News Agency. Despite speculation that heir-apparent Kim Jong-Un might be with him, South Korean authorities confirmed that the young Kim is not part of the entourage.
 
This is the North Korean leader's third trip to China in a little over a year. Last August, Kim held summit talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

On Friday, Kim held an unexpected meeting with China's Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang in Tumen, just one day before leaders of South Korea, China and Japan were to meet in Japan.

The international community has been urging North Korea to come back to talks designed to scrap Pyongyang's nuclear program in return for economic assistance. South Korean president Lee Myung-Bak has also proposed summit talks.

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang, known to be backing North Korea within the Chinese government, reportedly greeted Kim Jong-il upon arrival and is guiding the tour. Zang was noted in March for commenting that China needs to support Pyongyang for at least 5 years for heir Kim Jung-Un's new regime to settle in.
 
According to South Korean media reports, Kim also dined with Propaganda chief of Communist Party of China, Li Changchun, at the hotel.

Kim, the reclusive leader who rarely travels outside the hermit kingdom, has made six previous China visits during his term of office.

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