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Kim Jong Il visiting Chinese province: Report

North Korea's secretive leader Kim Jong Il is on a two-day visit to the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, a Hong Kong newspaper reported on Friday.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2006 08:42 IST

North Korea's secretive leader Kim Jong Il is on a two-day visit to the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, a Hong Kong newspaper reported on Friday quoting unidentified sources. Kim on Thursday was visiting Guangdong's capital, Guangzhou, and staying at the five-star White Swan Hotel, the South China Morning Post reported on its front page.

The paper's reporter in the city said that the hotel ordered all its guests to leave and the staff said it was booked until Monday for "an important meeting".

Traffic was blocked off around the hotel as a convoy of minibuses, limousines and police cars drove up to the hotel, the paper reported.

A receptionist at the hotel told The Associated Press that all rooms were full until at least Monday. She said she "wasn't sure" whether Kim was visiting.

Kim planned on Friday to visit the boomtown of Shenzhen, just across Hong Kong's border, the paper said.

First Published: Jan 13, 2006 05:14 IST