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Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

North Korea Parliament

It is unusually when North Korea convenes the second parliamentary session in early June. The announcement by the North Korean media after supreme leader Kim Jong Il’s trip to China after three days later the Chinese President Hu Jintao talked with President Lee Myung-bak who attended the opening ceremony of the World Expo in Shanghai on 30 April 2010. There must have been urgent matters that were discussed as North Korea just had its parliament session in April. In fact, Kim Jong Il got rid of the whole cabinet by imposing a new prime minister. According to the Japanese media, Kim Jong Il did not get a “special package” from China during his meeting with Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, because Beijing cannot offer excessive financial support as the result of the restrictive framework of the UN sanctions. According to the South Korean media, Kim asked for new fight planes from China from free, but Hu rejected the proposal (17 June 2010). Therefore, Kim shortened his trip and returned to North Korea. According to Hong Kong TV, Hu also rejected Kim’s request for free grant of J-10 Fight Jets (23 June 2010).

On 19 June 2010, North Korean TV announced that the ruling Worker’s Party will convene its conference in early September to elect “its highest leading body (Japan Times).” Many Asian media, including Xinhua Newsreport that Kim Jong Il might be willing to transfer power to his son, Jong Un. Kim Jong Il succeeded from his father, Kim Il Song in 1974. After 44 years, The Worker’s Party convened in the capital on September 28-30. Kim Jong Un, the third son of Kim Jong Il, promoted to four-star general, along with Kim’s sister, Kim Kyong Hui. The Kim family transferred its political dynasty certainly (Washington Post27 September 2010). After the party meeting, the North Korea dispatched its delegation headed by Choe Tae Bok to meet the Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing on 2 October 2010. After more than 60 years sactions by the U.S., North Korea will unlikely be bankrupted by the West anytime soon.

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