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Kim in China as NKorean Troops Mass

Wednesday, 05 May 2010 10:17 AM

As Kim Jong-Il continued his secret visit to China, reports said as many as 50,000 North Korean troops were stationed at the border with South Korea.

Experts believe the North's leader has travelled to the neighbouring communist state to shore up financial help for his impoverished nation.

Kim is expected to meet Chinese president Hu Jintao in Beijing and pledge to return to nuclear disarmament talks in exchange for economic aid.

North Korea deserted the talks more than a year ago and after going through with a nuclear test in 2009, the UN imposed heavy sanctions.

Neither North Korea nor China has confirmed Kim's whereabouts, although he has been seen several times since arriving aboard his armoured train on Monday.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported he had toured the Chinese port city of Tianjin and also visited dock and industrial facilities in and around Dalian.

"By visiting industrial sites, Kim is trying to learn about China's economic development," according to Kim Yong-Hyun, a North Korea expert at Dongguk University in Seoul.

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