Kim Jong-il Arrives in Beijing During Clandestine Visit to China
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, on his China trip that wrapped up Thursday, placed emphasis on economic cooperation, in addition to efforts to resume the six-party denuclearization talks.
Along his route to Beijing, Kim stopped Wednesday in the economically vibrant port city of Tianjin, home of a special economic zone. It was his second stop at such a location after touring Dalian Monday and Tuesday.
China's foreign ministry refused again Thursday to confirm North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was in the country making a state visit, despite numerous sightings and detailed media reports about his movements.
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said Thursday that if there were to be any announcement about a visit by Kim, it would come "at the appropriate time."