North Korean officials were in Beijing on Tuesday to receive the gift of a life-sized waxwork figurine of Kim Jong-il from the International Liaison Department of the CPC Central Committee.
The waxwork, which depicts the late Korean despot in his trademark Eastern bloc jumpsuit and parka, will go on display in North Korea’s ironically named International Friendship Exhibition on July 27. According to the Global Times, the date marks the 60th anniversary of victory by Chinese and DPRK forces over the United States, an interesting piece of historical revisionism since signing an armistice agreement after years of military stalemate isn’t usually considered a “victory”.
Kim Jong-il’s waxy visage was created by the same Chinese artist who created a waxwork depiction of Kim Il-sung’s wife (Jong-il’s mother) Kim Jong-suk, presented to the DPRK regime in 1996.
According to NK News, analysts in South Korea say that Sino-DPRK relations are showing “gradual recovery” after a dramatically chilly turn following Kim Jong-un’s repeated nuclear tantrums.
[Image credit: Global Times]