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North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in Dalian, China, on May 3, 2010

Kim Jong Il doesn't make many road trips these days. he's 68 and not fully recovered from a stroke he had nearly two years ago. On May 3, however, the North Korean dictator rode his luxury train to the Chinese port of Dalian before moving on to Beijing. China and North Korea, Mao Zedong once said, "are as close as lips and teeth." Pyongyang relies on Beijing for its economic survival, and Beijing finds Pyongyang useful as a buffer state. But the Dear Leader might have found his hosts less cordial than usual. Kim is proving to be a...

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