North Korean Leader Spotted Limping, Dragging Foot

"But the Chinese are realists," said Jiang Wenran, a professor at the China Institute of the University of Alberta in Canada. "The key for them is what is best for China, which is stability of the Korean peninsula." Jiang said in an interview that China's goal is "to prevent any escalation in tensions" in its neighboring region.

According to the Korean Central News Agency, "Kim Jong Il expressed satisfaction over the result of his visit." While Chinese media reports did not provide details about the amount of Chinese food, fuel aid and investment promised to Kim, Premier Wen Jiabao reassured Kim about China's continuing economic support for the faltering North Korean economy.

The Chinese Premier cited the "big potential for developing economic and trade cooperation" between the two countries and referred to "major cooperative projects" in North Korea and "infrastructure projects" along the border.

Korea Watchers Looking for Clues on Kim Jong Il's Health

For his part, Kim welcomed Chinese investment in his country based on "the principles of mutual benefit and win-win," Xinhua reported. He made special mention of a new bridge to be built by China over the Yalu River, which marks the border between the two countries. The bridge "will become a new symbol of friendly cooperation" between North Korea and China, Kim said.

The video broadcast on Chinese state television showed Kim visiting ports and factories during his visit. At one point, he climbed an elevated seat in a factory control room in Dalian, as if to show he could still do so.

During a visit to a biotechnology workshop in a Beijing high-tech zone, his curiosity appeared to be piqued by an exhibit and he queried his guide while the Chinese President stood by watching.

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