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World In whirlwind of diplomacy, Kim Jong Un has second surprise meeting with China

23:56  08 may  2018
23:56  08 may  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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BEIJING - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in China this week for the second time in two months, reinforcing China 's central role in a recent whirlwind of diplomatic activity surrounding the Korean Peninsula.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in China this week for the second time in two months, reinforcing China 's central role in a recent whirlwind of diplomatic activity involving the Korean peninsula.

DALIAN, May 8, 2018 -- Xi Jinping (R), general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese president, holds talks with Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, on May 7-8. © Xinhua/Ju Peng via Getty Images DALIAN, May 8, 2018 -- Xi Jinping (R), general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese president, holds talks with Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, on May 7-8. BEIJING - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in China this week for the second time in two months, reinforcing China's central role in a recent whirlwind of diplomatic activity surrounding the Korean Peninsula.

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  Trump says he'll will speak to Xi Jinping after Kim Jong Un makes surprise visit to China "I will be speaking to my friend, President Xi of China," President Trump tweeted Tuesday morning."I will be speaking to my friend, President Xi of China, this morning at 8:30. The primary topics will be Trade, where good things will happen, and North Korea, where relationships and trust are building," Trump tweeted.

The North Korean leader, Kim Jong - un , has made a second surprise visit to China to meet its president, Xi Jinping, amid a flurry of diplomacy as Kim prepares for a summit with Donald Trump.

North Korea's Kim Jong Un has paid a second visit to China in two months, meeting with Xi Jinping ahead of highly anticipated talks between Kim and Donald Trump.

The Kim-Xi meeting took place Monday and Tuesday in the Chinese port city of Dalian, near the China-North Korea border, Chinese state media reported Tuesday. A meeting in Tokyo with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled in Tokyo later this week; the leaders plan to discuss North Korean denuclearization.

Kim told Xi he would like to discuss "phased and synchronous measures" with the U.S. to "eventually achieve denuclearization and lasting peace on the (Korean) Peninsula," China's state-run New China News Agency reported. A meeting between Kim and President Donald Trump - the first between a sitting U.S. president and North Korean leader - is planned for sometime in the coming month.

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President Xi Jinping of China , fourth from left, and the North Korean leader Kim Jong - un , second from right, during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.CreditYao Dawei/Xinhua, via Associated Press.

Kim Jong - un , North Korea’s leader, during a military parade in Pyongyang last year. Mr. Kim needs China ’s help in emerging from its Mr. Kim , while educated in Switzerland, had never previously traveled abroad since becoming North Korea’s leader in 2011. Nor has he met another head of state.

"As long as relevant parties eliminate the hostile policy and security threats against North Korea, North Korea does not need to have nuclear weapons, and denuclearization is achievable," Kim told Xi, according to the agency.

Shi Yinhong, a professor of international relations at Renmin University in Beijing, said Kim is likely eager to shore up Chinese support to improve his bargaining position in advance of the meetings. Xi, meanwhile, does not want to be left out of negotiations among North and South Korea, the U.S. and Japan.

"Trump has no reason to like this kind of event, which brings China and North Korea closer," he said. "But I think his primary concern over North Korea isn't Pyongyang's relationship with Beijing - he wants ... to force North Korea to accept complete denuclearization."

Shi said North Korea is not likely to completely abandon its nuclear weapon program, and may attempt to wrest significant concessions from Trump in exchange for partial denuclearization.

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China is trying to keep up with a flurry of diplomatic moves. North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong - un , arriving in Dalian, China , on Monday.CreditKorean Central News Agency, via Reuters. President Trump has said he will meet with Mr. Kim in the coming weeks, and tweeted hours after the meeting

A week after meeting with US President Donald Trump in Singapore, Korean leader Kim Jong Un has embarked upon a two day journey to Beijing to talk about how to deal with Trump as well as diplomacy between North Korea and China .

He added that the location of this week's meeting was likely a diplomatic compromise, allowing Kim to visit China twice within about 40 days while avoiding the perceived political indignity of a second visit to Beijing, which is significantly farther from Pyongyang.

China's state broadcaster CCTV showed Kim and Xi, dressed in a Mao suit and business suit respectively, strolling side by side along a beach, and sitting together against a backdrop of trees and flowers.

South Korea's Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said that China notified the South Korean government of the meeting. North Korea's state broadcaster also confirmed the visit. "As a new noteworthy golden time in the history of friendship between the two countries unfolds, a meaningful meeting between the two countries' leaders was held," said North Korean Central Television.

The station also reported that four other top North Korean officials, including the leader's sister, Kim Yo Jong - who made headlines for her charm offensive in South Korea during February's Winter Olympics - came along for the trip.

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  Kim says Trump summit 'historic' chance to build 'good future': KCNA North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hailed a planned meeting with US President Donald Trump as a "historic" opportunity during talks with America's top diplomat Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang, according to state media Thursday.Kim, who is at the centre of a whirlwind of diplomacy as the international community looks to curtail the North's nuclear programme, said his summit with Trump "would be a historic meeting" and an "excellent first step". e Cold War foes.Load Error

DALIAN, China — President Xi Jinping of China met with Kim Jong - un , North Korea’s leader, on Tuesday, continuing a frenzy of diplomacy at a gathering between the leaders that was the second in less than two months.

Kim –Xi meetings is a series of summits between DPRK and China during year 2018. North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong - un secretly met with Chinese paramount leader Xi Jinping on March 25–28, 2018.

Trump tweeted after the announcement that he would speak to Xi, whom he called his friend, on Tuesday. "The primary topics will be Trade, where good things will happen, and North Korea, where relationships and trust are building," he said.

China is North Korea's only major ally and trading partner. Yet relations between Kim and Xi have been strained - Beijing has expressed dismay at Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development, and North Korea has aimed bellicose rhetoric at Beijing. China has backed a raft of tough U.N. sanctions that limited North Korean exports to China - and breaking with recent precedent, strictly enforced them.

Kim and Xi first met in Beijing in late March, marking Kim's first known trip abroad and his first meeting with the Chinese president. That meeting also unfolded in secrecy; rumors about Kim's presence swirled in the Chinese capital after a mysterious, armored North Korean train was spotted in its main train station.

Kim has embarked on a frenzy of diplomatic activity in recent months to defuse tensions between his country and the U.S., South Korea and China. Last month, Kim and South Korea's Moon met at the demilitarized zone separating the two countries; the two leaders smiled and shook hands across the border, producing images unthinkable amid heightened tensions only a few months prior.

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(Special correspondent Matt Stiles contributed to this report from Seoul.)

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