Korea: June 15, 2000

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North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il made a secret visit to Beijing on 29-30 May, apparently to secure Chinese support before the historic summit between North Korea and South Korea in mid-June. Visits abroad by Kim Jong-il are extremely rare. The Chinese are known to want control over peninsular politics, and to be concerned that the Korean summit might not follow Beijing's script.--Stephen V Cole 

 

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