Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Chinese official in North Korea

Chinese official in North Korea*

BEIJING (AFP) - A senior Chinese diplomat is currently visiting North Korea, state media reported Wednesday, amid rising tensions in the region as South Korea and the United States conduct a major naval exercise.

Hu Zhengyue, a Chinese assistant foreign minister, is leading a delegation to North Korea at the invitation of the reclusive state, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told the official Xinhua news agency.

“It is a normal exchange between the two foreign ministries,” she said, without providing more details about how long the visit would last or what specifically was on the agenda.

The visit comes amid high tensions in the region as the United States and South Korea conduct a big naval exercise – opposed by Beijing – in the Sea of Japan.

*Url: http://www.mb. 269347/chinese- official- north-korea