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12-21-2011 16:54 BJT Special Report:DPRK top leader Kim Jong Il dies |

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Kim Jong Il led the DPRK for 14 years. Now that his son Kim Jong Un has taken over, what does it mean for the people of China and political relations with the country’s next door neighbour, the DPRK?

This bridge, devastated in the Korean War in 1950, is now a tourist site. For over 60 years, it’s witnessed the relationship between China and the DPRK.

A Chinese street vendor, said, "China and the DPRK are friendly states. This Yalu River is the demarcation line. We often say hello to each other when we sail on the river. The DPRK people are very friendly and polite.”

Local people say they’ve been affected by the death of Kim Jong Il. They say they feel the sadness, because the friendship between China and the DPRK has always been so close.

Kim Jong Il visited China seven times since taking office -- four times in the last two years. The visits were an attempt to consolidate the DPRK’s relationship with China, and also study China’s experience in developing its economy.

But will Kim Jong Il’s sudden death change anything, especially the country’s policies toward China?

Many Chinese hope not. "Our friendship has been tested by blood and history.” The young man said, “We can feel the sorrow and we have a few worries about the future of DPRK. I hope the successor will continue his father’s policy.”

Kim Jong Il always vowed to build a strong nation, prioritizing economic development over recent years. For the DPRK, China is a reliable friend, through past, present and into the future. But China also serves as a model of successful economic reform in the region.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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