Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
The PLA Navy ships Zheng He and Luoyang left the port of Wo’nsan on 8 August (Monday) after a four-day visit to the DPRK. Over the weekend the PLA Navy band and the KPA Navy ensemble gave performances. However, these were not the Chinese ships the DPRK was looking for. Kyodo reports that in April the DPRK proposed some joint DPRK-PRC exercise in response to US-ROK joint military exercises. According to this account, Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) proposed that KPA officers be allowed to board Chinese submarines, however the Chinese rejected the proposal because it would interpreted as provocative to the US and ROK.