Published: Tue, June 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

China’s Xi to meet Kim Jong Un in North Korea

China’s Xi to meet Kim Jong Un in North Korea

Despite the series of meetings between Mr Xi and Mr Kim, relations between China and North Korea have also been tested in recent years, after Beijing joined the US-led effort to impose tough economic sanctions on Pyongyang, part of an global response to North Korea's nuclear and weapons programme.

Xinhua reports that the state visit is on foot of an invitation by Kim Jong-un.

North Korea received extensive support from China, along with the Soviet Union, when the recently-formed communist state went to war in the early 1950s with its neighbor, South Korea, which was backed by the USA and its worldwide allies.

The state visit will be Xi's first since he took office in November 2012.

Mr Xi will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to discuss the problems facing the Korean peninsula. He hugged North Korean leader Kim Jong-il on the tarmac as he was leaving.

"China-DPRK relations have opened a new chapter", CCTV said, adding that Xi and Kim have reached a "series of important consensus" in past meetings. While the Republican leader has praised Xi and Kim at times, Washington is also locked with both Beijing and Pyongyang in complex negotiations that have so far failed to produce any major deals.

Talks between the USA and North Korea have stalled over the issue of North Korea's nuclear programme, despite two meetings between Mr Trump and Mr Kim.

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This monument commemorates Chinese soldiers who fought alongside North Koreans during the Korean War.

"We hope that this visit will contribute to the early resumption of negotiations for the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula which will lead to the settlement of lasting peace on the Korean peninsula", the Blue House said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin toasts with Chinese President Xi Jinping prior in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Friday, June 14.

Chinese and North Korean state news agencies confirmed the meeting on Monday.

Trump has accused China of slowing down the denuclearization process with North Korea.

A visit by Mr. Xi to Pyongyang had always been expected within diplomatic circles.

What's interesting is that it comes as denuclearization talks between Pyeongyang and Washington remain deadlocked and only a week before the G20 summit in Japan where presidents of China, U.S. and South Korea are expected to hold separate one-on-ones on the sidelines.

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