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Chinese whispers

Associated Press reports this morning that China is emphasising its good relations with North Korea.

AP reports that:

The Foreign Ministry said State Councilor Dai Bingguo met a North Korean group led by Kim Yong Il , secretary of the central committee of the ruling Workers’ Party and alternate member of the Political Bureau.

Dai (surely he had a Welsh granny? -ed) says that he was confident that under Kim Jong Un, North Korea will continue to move toward building a prosperous country.

Nothing particularly remarkable I suppose. However I decided to nip over to the North Korean News Agency to get their take on the visit. They haven’t quite caught up yet so something may appear tomorrow. In the meantime though the agency updates us with some fraternal and neighbourly musings on their partners to the south:

Perhaps a wee look at a map of the area crystallises the international issues here:

Beijing and Pyongyang are 500 miles apart.

However, elsewhere on the DPRK site they show their more tender side by reporting on Malaysian moothie king, Lang Blaw Sook: