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June 10, 2010

Bloomberg: China Backing Kim Jong Il Means (Communist) Party Ties Still Drive Policy

June 9 (Bloomberg) — One reason why Chinese leaders wouldn’t join Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in denouncing North Korea for sinking a South Korean warship when they met in Beijing last month may be found in an obscure agency housed a 10-minute walk from their meeting place.

The ruling Communist Party’s International Department oversees ties with Leader Kim Jong Il’s Korean Worker’s Party and shares with the Foreign Ministry responsibility for relations with Kim’s regime in the north. The party-to-party comradeship predates the founding of both states and was cemented on the battlefield in the Korean War.

The ministry declined to confirm Kim’s presence in China, even after he was photographed on May 3 in the northeastern city of Dalian and was shadowed to Beijing by Japanese and South Korean reporters.

The department’s “objectives are to maintain communist solidarity with the North Korean party,” said Susan Shirk, a professor specializing in Chinese international relations at the University of California, San Diego, and a former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asia. It “definitely has a different perspective than the Foreign Ministry.”

In February, Wang Jiarui, the head of the International Department, traveled to North Korea to meet Kim, according to a statement on the central government’s website. A year earlier, on a trip to Pyongyang during “China-North Korea Friendship Year,” Wang pledged that China would broaden cooperation.


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