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Awaiting meeting with Chinese leader, North Korean envoy tours high-tech park

  • A car, left, believed to be carrying North Korea's Vice Marshal Choe Ryong Hae, a senior Workers’ Party official and the military’s top political officer, arrives at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing Thursday, May 23, 2013. After months of ignoring Chinese warnings to give up nuclear weapons, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent the high-level confidant to Beijing on Wednesday, in a possible effort to mend strained ties with his country's most important ally and a sign that he may be giving diplomacy a chance. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    A car, left, believed to be carrying North Korea's Vice Marshal Choe Ryong Hae, a senior Workers’ Party official and the military’s top political officer, arrives at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing Thursday, May 23, 2013. After months of ignoring Chinese warnings to give up nuclear weapons, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent the high-level confidant to Beijing on Wednesday, in a possible effort to mend strained ties with his country's most important ally and a sign that he may be giving diplomacy a chance. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chinese paramilitary police officers stand in position at the gate of the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, where a car believed to be carrying North Korea's Vice Marshal Choe Ryong Hae, a senior Workers’ Party official and the military’s top political officer, arrives in Beijing Thursday, May 23, 2013. After months of ignoring Chinese warnings to give up nuclear weapons, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent the high-level confidant to Beijing on Wednesday, in a possible effort to mend strained ties with his country's most important ally and a sign that he may be giving diplomacy a chance. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    Chinese paramilitary police officers stand in position at the gate of the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, where a car believed to be carrying North Korea's Vice Marshal Choe Ryong Hae, a senior Workers’ Party official and the military’s top political officer, arrives in Beijing Thursday, May 23, 2013. After months of ignoring Chinese warnings to give up nuclear weapons, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent the high-level confidant to Beijing on Wednesday, in a possible effort to mend strained ties with his country's most important ally and a sign that he may be giving diplomacy a chance. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)  (The Associated Press)

While a North Korean envoy waits for an expected meeting with China's Communist Party chief, his Chinese hosts are taking him touring in Beijing.

North Korea's official Central News Agency reported that the envoy, Choe Ryong Hae, spent part of Thursday touring an industrial park in the southern part of the capital, accompanied by a Communist Party functionary.

Choe is on the second day of a fence-mending mission to China after a half-year of rising frustration in Beijing at Pyongyang and its recent rocket and nuclear tests and other saber-rattling.

A vice marshal in the North Korean military, Choe was sent to Beijing as a special envoy for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. As such, North Korea watchers say he is expected to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping.