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Kim's death to have 'limited impact'

By Hu Yinan (China Daily)

08:27, December 20, 2011

BEIJING - The immediate impact of Kim Jong-il's sudden death on relations between China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), regional stability and the transition of power in the DPRK would be limited, analysts said.

As far as Pyongyang's dynamics with the outside are concerned, Kim's demise will not undermine China-DPRK relations, said Zhang Tingyan, a former Chinese diplomat to Pyongyang who later became China's first ambassador to the Republic of Korea (ROK).

"It should develop at a relatively proper pace. I don't see too many difficulties ahead, let alone radical changes - a peaceful transition is good (for everyone), and that's what will happen, overall, for the DPRK's relations with the ROK, the US and Japan. Of course, we can't rule out contingencies," Zhang said.

The arrangements regarding the transfer of power prior to Kim's death made "the future path of DPRK politics fairly clear", said Liu Jiangyong, vice-dean of the Institute of Modern International Relations at Tsinghua University.

The late DPRK leader was appointed to his first major post as secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee in 1973. He succeeded his father and DPRK founder Kim Il-sung as the country's top leader in 1994, when the senior Kim died. Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il's son and successor, though, emerged on the political scene only last year.

A crucial part of Kim Jong-il's legacy was to build the DPRK into a "Strong and Prosperous Nation" by April 2012, the centenary of the birth of Kim Il-sung on April 15, 1912.

Domestically, observers say immediate measures must be taken to push the DPRK's economy forward. Pyongyang's total grain production this year is estimated at about 4.74 million tons, short of the 6-million-ton annual minimum estimated by food experts.

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helen at 2011-12-20203.82.82.*
N Korea and the developing nations bullied, threatened, intimidated and invaded by the United States and its own axis-of-tyranny lost a great leader!And N Korea will wage a "total war" against the US and its axis if they invade N Korea. So is the strategy adopted by Iran.Go N Korea, Iran Go!
Sam Teng at 2011-12-20175.136.52.*
To the people of DPRK, Kim Jong Il is a great leader and the people grieved over his sudden death. The country of DPRK and its people may be under developed and poor, but their peoples" hearts are rich in unity, solidarity and harmony. Western nations leaders and media may say the people of DPRK are under suppression and have no food to eat. I guess this is part of political propaganda against the government of DPRK. The country must have peace, unity and harmony for it to develop at its own pace and strategy. China has undergone similar situation in the past, but it has transformed into a strong country with improved economy that made many developed countries in awe and jealousy. With the new leadership in DPRK, the unity, peace and harmony in the country is important for its progress and development. Nations with ulterior motives to topple the DPRK government should stop thier bias and twisted remarks on the country. It is better to seek common objectives and goals even with different political ideologies than to seek differences and disagreements to start a confrontation.

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