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N Korea’s Kim tours China, economic ties in focus

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-il toured east China on Monday, continuing a secretive visit that has highlighted the bond between his isolated regime and Asia’s biggest economy.

This time, Kim appeared to be making a fresh show of interest in China’s economic success, which Communist Party leaders in Beijing have repeatedly prodded him to emulate and open North Korea’s state-dominated economy to more outside investment and market forces.

His visit was "an apparent move to seek economic cooperation between Beijing and Pyongyang", according to the English-language edition of the Global Times.
 

(Source: CNBC)