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Aug 17, 2012 1:57 AM

Senior North Korean leader meets Chinese president

BEIJING, CHINA (AP) - Chinese state media say the powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has met with President Hu Jintao after Beijing agreed to help Pyongyang revamp two trade zones near the Chinese border.

The official China Radio International said the Friday morning meeting comes toward the end of six-day visit by Jang Song Thaek, the chief of the central administrative department of the Workers' Party of Korea.

Jang is the uncle of Kim and his visit to China marks one of the highest-level diplomatic exchanges between the North and its most important ally since Kim took over following his father's death last year.

Jang is a vice chairman of the powerful National Defense Commission. He also is seen as a leading economic policy official.

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