lundi 19 décembre 2011

China expected to step up alert after Kim's death...

China's state-run Xinhua news agency has reported a bulletin on the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, quoting a report from North Korea's Central News Agency.

But the Chinese government has not yet made an official announcement.

Kim Jong Il visited China 3 times after making his first visit in 4 years In May 2010.

China has been working on improving friendly relations with North Korea. It helped North Korea rebuild its economy following Kim Jong Il's visits. Experts say China took the measure to support Kim Jong Il's administration.

The 2 countries share a common border. China is concerned that its domestic security could be threatened if a large number of refugees flee the North into northeastern China due to the leader's death.

NHK's correspondents in Beijing say China is expected to strengthen security along its border.
(Japan Broadcasting Corporation, 2011-12-19)

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