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N Korea at crossroads

Kim courts China but finds his economic muse in Vietnam

North Korea sees Hanoi model as way to win US support and South Korean investment

TOKYO -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's flurry of diplomacy continued this week with his third visit to China in as many months. But as Kim briefed Chinese leader Xi Jinping on his historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump and toured Beijing, analysts could not help but hear echoes of a remark he made earlier this year.

Sitting on a bench with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in late April, Kim had said Pyongyang should follow the example of Vietnam's economic reforms.

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