North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-il, has arrived in Beijing for talks with the Chinese government.
Chinese authorities cleared the main east-west thoroughfare in Beijing to make way for a motorcade carrying Mr Kim.
A convoy of more than 40 vehicles then sped past the ABC’s Beijing bureau.
The ABC was unable to see the man known in his own country as “the Dear Leader” because the cars in the motorcade had tinted windows.
As well as extensive security Mr Kim was accompanied by an ambulance.
The North Korean leader’s visit has not been acknowledged by the Chinese government nor by the local media.
The talks could include the subjects of nuclear disarmament and China’s significant economic contribution to North Korea.