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Kim Jong-il Meets Gen. Liang Guanglie

Kim Jong Il (R Front), top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), meets with Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie (L2 Front) in Pyongyang, capital of the DPRK, on Nov. 25, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhang Binyang)

Kim Jong-il met with Chinese Defense Minister, General Liang Guanglie, in Pyongyang on Wednesday.  General-Secretary Kim and Gen. Liang had “a cordial and friendly talk” and General-Secretary Kim sent a hi and howdy to PRC President Hu Jintao.  General Liang said that “the Chinese Government was unshakeable in its commitment to consolidate and develop the cooperative relations of the two countries.”  General-Secretary Kim was accompanied at this meeting by NDC Vice Chair and Minister of the PAF Kim Yong-chun and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Sok-ju.

Because this is General-Secretary Kim’s first appearance meeting a foreign dignitary since Wen Jiabao’s visit in October, let the mindless health and body double speculation begin!


This article was written on 26 Nov 2009, and is filled under DPRK External Relations, DPRK-China Relations, Kim Jong-il, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of the People's Armed Forces (MPAF).

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