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2:38am UK, Monday May 03, 2010
Peter Sharp, Asia correspondent
Reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has made a rare top secret trip across the border into China, according to reports.
It is Kim's first trip abroad since he suffered a suspected stroke in 2008
The neighbouring visit, his first in four years, gives Kim a chance to shore up relations with his only ally in the region at a time of growing tensions on the peninsular.
He is understood to have travelled aboard an armoured train, in part due to his phobic fear of flying.
"We have confirmed the arrival of a special train