Chinese President Xi Jinping To Visit North Korea This Week

Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping will embark on a two-day visit to North Korea on Thursday, state media in both the countries reported today, becoming the first Chinese leader to visit North Korea in 14 years.

Beijing is a major ally of Pyongyang and the visit comes in the wake of renewed tensions between the United States and North Korea over nuclear issues.

“Both sides will exchange views on the (Korean) peninsula situation, and push for new progress in the political resolution of the peninsula issue, ”China’s official CCTV broadcaster said in a lengthy report that led the evening broadcast.

North Korea’s KCNA news agency said that the invitation was made by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Following a failed summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim in Hanoi earlier this year, Pyongyang has resumed some weapons tests and warned of “truly undesired consequences” if the United States is not more flexible.

Noteworthy, President Xi’s visit to North Korea kicks off a flurry of high-level diplomatic activity around the Korean peninsula, with Mr. Trump set to visit ally South Korea after the G20 summit later this month in Osaka, Japan.

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