North Korea’s top leader Kim Jong-il will most likely visit China soon, according to the International Herald Leader. The article suggests that the most obvious reason for Kim’s visit is to ask for financial aid from China. North Korea is short of funds, especially since last-year’s embargo initiated by the U.N. that greatly restricted North Korea’s arm sales overseas. Also, Kim Jong-il is likely to officially introduce his chosen successor, his third son Kim Jong-un to Chinese leaders. The article said that Kim Jong-il’s visit to China will fall between March 25 and 31. He will visit Northeast China first before he comes to Beijing.
Source: International Herald Leader, March 25, 2010