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North Korea's reclusive Kim on unexpected China visit

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il has turned up in China in a strangely timed visit for the reclusive leader while former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is in North Korea trying to win the release of an imprisoned American.
It marked Kim's second trip to China in three months — unusual for a man who never flies and travels only by armored train.
South Korean media and regional analysts said he may be seeking Chinese aid following flooding in his impoverished country's northwest — and could be laying the diplomatic ground work for the succession of his son, who is thought to be traveling with him.
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