Police and security officials stand guard as a motorcade travels along a road near the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, today [Tuesday] (AP Photo)
The speculation over just who traveled by special train from North Korea to Beijing drew a swift reaction from Chinese censors. Searches for the term “North Korea” were blocked today [Tuesday] while “Kim Jong Un” turned up results from several days ago on major social media platforms, including Sina’s Weibo. China’s routine censorship of sensitive subjects online can even target words and phrases with tenuous, and even unlikely, connections.
One of those blocked Tuesday was a nickname Chinese have bestowed on the North Korean leader, Kim the Third Fatty (“Jin San Pang” in Chinese). A blocked Weibo post about Kim’s possible visit even shows a combination of three photos of a pig character in a fictional Chinese television series.
The arrival of a train in Beijing on Monday that looks like one used by Kim’s father, former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, has triggered speculation that Kim was in Beijing.
The Chinese foreign ministry says it has no information on speculation that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has visited Beijing.A ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, told reporters at a regular briefing today [Tuesday] that she knew they were “all very curious” but that she had “no information” on whether Kim or any other North Korean official was visiting Beijing.The arrival of a train in Beijing on Monday that looks like one used by Kim’s father, former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, has triggered speculation that Kim was in Beijing.