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‘Purge won’t affect N.K.-China ties’

‘Purge won’t affect N.K.-China ties’

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Published : 2013-12-29 20:08
Updated : 2013-12-29 20:08

The recent execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s once-powerful uncle will not directly affect Pyongyang’s relations with China, a former Chinese official said.

Jang Song-thaek, who was executed earlier this month for attempting to overthrow the regime, had been considered a key link between Pyongyang and Beijing. His execution raised speculations that relations between the two neighbors could suffer.

The execution was so sudden and shocking, said Zhao Qizheng, former chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, in an interview with Yonhap News Agency.

He said, however, it will not directly affect the North Korea-China relations.

Zhao was in Seoul, leading a delegation from the Communist Party of China, to explain the results of the recent third plenum of the 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress.

He said he read in detail South Korean news reports about Jang’s execution, and China does not have as much information regarding the issue as South Korea. (Yonhap News)

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