North Korean leader in China after summit with US
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has arrived in the Chinese capital of Beijing for talks with President Xi Jinping and is likely to brief President Xi on his summit last week with US President Donald Trump.
Kim’s visit to China on Tuesday — his third so far this year — came less than a week after the unprecedented summit with Trump in Singapore and following a decision by rival South Korea and the US to suspend “large-scale” military drills near North Korea.
Beijing remains Pyongyang’s biggest economic and diplomatic supporter, though China grew uneasy about North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests last year. Pyongyang staged those tests in partial response to the regular and massive joint war games near its territory by the US and South Korea.
Chinese state media publicized Kim’s visit and his stay in the country for two days amid tight security measures. Chinese media would only announce Kim’s past two visits following his departure and without much detail.
China, meanwhile, has applauded the rapprochement between Washington and Pyongyang. Beijing has also expressed satisfaction with Trump’s declaration of suspending its war games with South Korea in the region.
Beijing has long proposed a policy of “dual freeze,” whereby Pyongyang would halt its weapons tests while Washington and Seoul would stop their war games to facilitate negotiations.