China-Korea relations

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Kim's China sojourn
Mainichi Shimbun, Sunday 4 June 2000. North Korean leader Kim Jong Il secretly visited Beijing and met with Chinese President Jiang Zemin, National People's Congress Chairman Li Peng and Premier Zhu Rongji. A historic summit between the two Koreas is slated for June 12 in Pyongyang. South Korean President Kim Dae-jung will enter the meeting strengthened by his close ties with Washington and Tokyo. Kim Jong Il no doubt wanted to secure similar backing from Beijing to balance the talks.
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)/People's Republic of China
Amnesty International, AI Index: ASA 24/01/00, 7 June 2000. The Chinese government has been contravening the internationally recognised principle of non-refoulement by forcibly returning scores of North Korean refugees to their country. Since 1995, the famine in North Korean is believed to have caused the death of hundreds of thousands of people and has triggered a flood of starving asylum seekers into China.