That’s the biggest question in our minds, now that reports have confirmed that North Korea’s “Dear Leader” has sneaked into China again — on his armoured 17-carriage luxury train. He is believed to be somewhere around Dalian right now and is expected to arrive in Beijing, where the DPRK’s national theatre troupe is scheduled to perform the Chinese opera “A Dream of Red Mansions” this weekend.
The timing of Kim’s visit just after the opening of the Shanghai Expo raises questions as to whether we will get to see him here. After all, it’s North Korea’s very first time at a World Expo, and he would want to be there to celebrate the momentous occasion, wouldn’t he? The director of the North Korean pavilion, a certain Li Seong Eun, certainly doesn’t sound as confident as he should be, In an interview with the China Youth Daily, Lee said:“We have never before participated in such an immensely popular world event, [so] at first we were fearful, nervous, and didn’t know what we were going to do. In this process, we were fortunate to receive much help from Chinese friends.” [Translation by Adam Cathcart]
He would do well with the encouragement of his Dear Leader in Shanghai, we think!